Tuesday, July 14, 2015
What's On Your Mind?
Next week I'll be traveling to New York City to attend the 2015 Romance Writers of America national conference. During the conference, I'll also be participating in a panel discussion about trends in romance publishing. Authors are always interested in hearing what readers are thinking so, in addition to my own opinions, I would like to also convey what is important to you, the Romance Dish readers. I hope you'll take a minute to share your thoughts on the questions below.
How old are you?
30 - 50
How many years have you been reading romance?
Where do you live?
If a US resident, in which region do you live?
On average, how many books do you read per month?
What percentage of the books you read are paper?
What percentage are digital?
Have those percentages changed over the past year?
What factors affect your book buying?
Print vs Digital?
Where do you find out about books?
Word of mouth?
Book review magazines?
What entices you to buy a book?
Personal or online relationship with author?
Word of mouth from other readers?
Author's social media presence?
Do you belong to any book clubs or reader groups?
Are they online?
Are they run by a reader or an author?
What do you enjoy/not enjoy about these groups?
Are you a member of any street teams?
What do you like/not like about being on a street team?
Where do you prefer to interact with authors and other readers?
Social Media (which one?)
Are you more likely to buy a book by an author you have met at a reader event?
Is the impact different or the same if the event is online vs in person?
What are your favorite sub-genres of romance? What makes them a favorite?
Have you discovered a new sub-genre in the past year?
What do you like/not like about it?
Have you started reading books (or reading more books) with a particulara theme/setting in the past year?
(Ex: mafia heroes, WWI, WWII, American Revolution, etc.)
What do you enjoy/not enjoy about these books?
Are you a regular on any social media platforms?
Have you started or stopped using any particular social media during the past year?
How much of your book buying dollars are spent on self-published books?
Do you buy self-published books by unknown authors or only those authors with whom you are already familiar?
Have your book buying or reading habits changed in any other way over the past year?
Any other thoughts?
Are you attending next week's RWA conference or Literacy Signing?
One randomly chosen person answering today's questions will receive a package of books and swag from next week's conference. (U.S. only)