I have folks follow me, then when I go to check out their tweets it's nothing but an endless line of blurbs about their book. Retweets about their book. More blurbs about their book. Everything is endless self-promotion.
This DOES NOT make me want to buy a book.
However, if a Tweeter is friendly, chatty, and prone to share useful industry information, I'm less likely to jump ship when they start book promotion. In fact, that friendly relationship makes it likely,
I WILL buy the book.
Other buying factors for me:
- The OMG factor. Word of mouth is powerful. If every book person I know is talking about a certain book. Yeah, I'll jump on that train.
- Word of mouth by a trusted friend. If someone has similar taste and they say, "Hey I read this book. I think you're going to love it." I trust that. It will make me buy the book.
- Sales Price. Kindle daily deals or Bookcloseouts.com have helped push me over the edge on books I've been sort of "meh" about. I've remained "meh" about some, but fallen in love with others.
- Personal Taste. I'm not going to rush out and buy the latest elemental fantasy - not my thing so much. It doesn't mean I wouldn't like it if I did read it, it just means my dollars are limited. I want to spend it on Contemporaries or Mysteries, lush Historicals or Memoirs.
- Friend's Books. Now that I have loads of author friends, I want to read their books.
- Happenstance. For this I include bookstore purchases where cover, blurb, and page scanning influence me. Also library, and thrift store (I buy most of my adult literary at thrift stores, sad to say)
What doesn't influence me is swag, product placement in stores (I'm a deep shelf diver), or blips from the big booksellers in my e-mail (unless the book they're blipping me about falls in the list above.)
So what, about you? Same or did I leave something off? Tell me! I love your comments.