Monday, 9 April 2012

Guest post: It’s all about the cover - or is it? by Lena Diaz

Today I welcome to the blog romantic suspense author Lena Diaz, who is celebrating the recent release of her latest novel Simon Says Die by Avon Impulse. Please give her a warm welcome and read on to discover the other side of cover fascination, the author's side. 

It’s all about the cover - or is it?
by Lena Diaz

Used to be, finding a new book was the reward after long hours of walking up and down the aisles of a bookstore and picking up books based on the covers. In these changing times where brick-and-mortar bookstores are struggling to stay in business and so many purchases are electronic, how do readers discover new authors and books to read? And how do readers discover new books - like mine for example - when so many books are only available online?

Both my newest release - SIMON SAYS DIE - and my previous book - HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT - are romantic suspense novels published by Avon Impulse (Harper Collins’ digital first line). And although they’re available both in print and ebook format, they can only be ordered online. So you can understand my interest in how readers discover new books and authors.

Is it still all about the covers? For me, it used to be. But in the digital world, do those thumbnail images really matter? Do you, as a reader, browse through digital bookstores looking for a cover that catches your eye? If so, what about that covers makes you stop and check out the book?

With over a million choices on some online retailer sites, browsing through pages and pages of thumbnail covers doesn’t quite have the experience physical bookstores offer - because there are almost too many choices.

Thus the problem we authors face these days - how do we get our books noticed? And it’s a problem for readers too - how do they find something special in a sea of books.

I can theorize all day long - blogs like this one are one way to introduce readers to books, and online ads help, maybe. What about reviews? Contests? Facebook? Twitter? You tell me. How do you discover new books and new authors? And more importantly, is there something you wish authors would do (or not do) to help you discover new books?

This question has been going through my mind a lot, mainly because I have a new release out. I’d love to know what readers would like, how to help them discover new authors and new books. So if you have any ideas to share on how to make a book discoverable to you as the reader, I’d love to hear about it. Is it still all about the cover? Or has it always been about something else entirely?

When you are out at those online retailer sites, I hope maybe you’ll take a look at my books, SIMON SAYS DIE and HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT. If you like gritty romantic suspense, I’m your girl. :-)

Simon says: I'm watching. Simon says: I'm coming. Simon says: Die.

Madison McKinley knows someone is stalking her. The police tell her she's imagining things, and they're too busy trying to find the "Simon Says" killer to investigate. But day by day, hour by hour, Madison's terror grows stronger, and not even the return of FBI Special Agent Pierce Buchanan into her life can calm her fears. Besides, how can she ask Pierce for his help after the way she ended things between them?

Pierce still wants Madison's love, and his drive to protect her is more powerful than ever. He believes she's in danger, even if the cops don't. Finally, as more people start dying and the evidence mounts, the police turn their attention to Madison—as a suspect. Was Pierce a fool to trust her again, or are they both caught in a complex game that neither will survive?

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Lena Diaz grew up a Navy Brat, but while two of her three siblings followed her father's footsteps and joined the Navy, Lena loosely followed her musically talented mother's footsteps by choosing a more creative path, writing.

Lena has had two novels published so far - HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT and SIMON SAYS DIE. Lena has won the TARA, the Daphne du Maurier, and was a finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® contest. Today Lena can be found in North Florida with her husband of twenty-plus years, and her two children.

You can reach Lena on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Do tell us if you have any ideas on how to make a book discoverable to you as the reader. Is it still all about the cover? Or has it always been about something else entirely?

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