I’m not asking for myself. Really. I have other friends wearing the title “debut novelist” too:
- Lisa Jordan (Lakeside Reunion, available now!)
- Camille Eide (Savanna’s Gift, available Dec. 3, 2011!)
- Gina Conroy (Cherry Blossom Capers, January 2012)
- Julie Cantrell (Into the Free, February 2012)
- Katie Ganshert (Wildflowers from Winter, May 2012)
- Keli Gwyn (A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, July 2012)
Like me, they’re all excited to see their manuscript become a real book … a literary Pinocchio kind of thing.
But when you walk into a bookstore, do you bypass a new author’s book and go for the tried and true authors? The best-sellers? The award-winners? Do you think, “Hhhhm. Beth K. Vogt? Never heard of her. I’ll stick with _________.” (Fill in the name of your favorite author.)*
What, if anything, would make you pick up a debut author’s book–besides the fact that you’re best friends with Camille or Gina or Julie or Katie or Keli?
In Your Words: You’re perusing the bookstore shelves (or the virtual bookstore) and come across an intriguing title. A cover that lures you in. But then, uh-oh! You don’t recognize the author. What do you do? Put the book back on the shelf or give the new author a try?