Related to book discovery and social media.
Authors Whose Work I Read Because I’d Followed Their Blogs
- Elizabeth Bear
Most of these are blogs I have kept up with regularly for the best part of a decade. A couple I followed for a year or two then stopped when I tried to cut down on time spent reading blogs.
Authors Whose Blogs or Twitter Accounts I Follow Whose Work I Will Definately Read in Future Because Of It
- Lauren Beukes
Jim C Hines
Mary Robinette Kowal
Every one of these I have only started following in the past year, most since joining Twitter. Two I have bought books by – one before I followed the author online. All but two I had heard of before encountering their online presence.
What Does This All Mean?
Social media including blogs has been an important part of how I discover authors for a long time. There are much longer lists I could make of authors and books I have read or intend to read because they were mentioned by a writer I follow.
If an author is interesting/entertaining in their online presence, I will almost certainly check out their books at some point. And I’ll also check out the books by other authors they mention (Jeff VanderMeer has been responsible for a large portion of what I’ve read).
I almost never buy a book just because I came across it in a bookstore.