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Julianne Douglas
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Mon February 9th, 2009, 10:34 pm

I just put up a poll on my blog about what motivates you to buy hf from a new author. I would love to have your input! Please stop by if you have a minute.
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Post by Libby » Mon February 9th, 2009, 10:49 pm

I've just voted Julianne, and I'll be interested to see the final result.

As a writer it worries me that people may only want to read about well known characters. So much has been written about them already and for my stories I'm unearthing old local legends and re-working them for my novels. But many of the characters are unknown or lesser known people, though their stories are fascinating. But if I want people to buy my books perhaps that's not such a good idea after all. :confused:
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Post by Rowan » Mon February 9th, 2009, 11:10 pm

I voted based on the options you gave, but the one I chose is just as important as reviews of the author based on trusted sources.

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Post by Susan » Mon February 9th, 2009, 11:14 pm

[quote=""Libby""]As a writer it worries me that people may only want to read about well known characters. So much has been written about them already and for my stories I'm unearthing old local legends and re-working them for my novels. But many of the characters are unknown or lesser known people, though their stories are fascinating. But if I want people to buy my books perhaps that's not such a good idea after all. :confused: [/quote]

I'm tired of novels about Henry VIII's wives, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, Queen of Scots and any other well-known Tudor era person!
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Post by donroc » Mon February 9th, 2009, 11:24 pm

My vote was biased in favor of my 17th century HF, a little known historical male character set in England's great enemy, Spain, whose life was unique.
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Post by Divia » Tue February 10th, 2009, 3:28 am

[quote=""Susan""]I'm tired of novels about Henry VIII's wives, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, Queen of Scots and any other well-known Tudor era person![/quote]
AMEN! I agree 100%. How many more novels can we have of these people, though to be fair Jane Grey has only had one recent novel about her that I can remember.


[quote=""Libby""]I've just voted Julianne, and I'll be interested to see the final result.

As a writer it worries me that people may only want to read about well known characters. So much has been written about them already and for my stories I'm unearthing old local legends and re-working them for my novels. But many of the characters are unknown or lesser known people, though their stories are fascinating. But if I want people to buy my books perhaps that's not such a good idea after all. :confused: [/quote]


Yeah I'm a little worried about that too. I am currently working on two manuscripts and both are about average people.
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Post by annis » Tue February 10th, 2009, 3:36 am

I voted for "premise of an intriguing plot", but would also buy based on "interest in an era or setting"- maybe it could be a mutli-choice poll? Though obviously it wouldn't be very helpful to your market research if people ticked all the options :)

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Post by Alaric » Tue February 10th, 2009, 7:30 am

I see no reason why I wouldn't buy a novel from a new author if the period and plot interested me just because they were a first-time author. I'm notoriously picky about what I read, though, due to a reluctance to waste money and always do some advanced research before buying. If I can't find a favourable review either here or amazon.com then chances are I won't buy it but if the reviews are good and it interests me, of course I will, irregardless of how many times the author has been published or if I have read them before.

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Post by Vanessa » Tue February 10th, 2009, 8:25 am

I've voted as well.
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Post by emr » Tue February 10th, 2009, 8:45 am

I've voted for the interest in the era/setting but I do prefer characters less known than the usual troop and since you ask.. If I'm offered 2 very similar books with similar good reviews I usually go for the female writer and if both are, for the older :D although I'll eventually read both.
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