Wednesday, October 3, 2018

5 Places to Stalk Your Favorite Authors

Posted by: Maureen

I was going to mention that fall is in the air and how it’s the perfect time to curl up  and read. Then I realized, anytime is the perfect time to read. No matter what season, there’s nothing like escaping into a good book. (Although I do love fall!)

When I find a book by a new-to-me author, the first thing I do is stalk them. No worries, authors are safe, it’s only cyber-stalking. 

Lucky for us, there are plenty of places on the web that we can go to find out more about the authors behind the stories we love, the development of the stories themselves, and when we can grab the next great read. Here are a few places I like to check out my favorite authors.

1- Website or Blog
Authors may keep the information about their books, perhaps what the order to read their books and what’s coming next. It’s their website, so it’s pretty much whatever they’d like to share. Other authors might blog regularly and you can subscribe to that, or they may feature guests, or host giveaways.

As an author, as well as a reader, my favorite part of the author website is finding their author bio and reading about how they started their writing career. 

2- Amazon
If you want a quick overview of the author’s books and an ability to grab every book so you can binge them, you can usually find their author page on Amazon. If you follow them you’ll receive an email notification when they have a new release so you never miss out on a book. You might see other books like the one you enjoyed and discover a new favorite author. (Favorite authors are kind of like potato chips, you can’t have just one!)
I leave a review for almost everything I purchase on Amazon, because if you’re like me, reviews are one of the first things I look at when I’m deciding on what to buy. So be sure to show your favorite author some love and leave a quick review. 
3- Newsletter
Most authors have a newsletter that gives you an extra behind the scenes look at the mysterious author life. (Hint, most authors aren’t all that mysterious, but newsletters are usually informative, and often fun!) It’s like getting to be a VIP in the author’s life. Plus occasionally you get freebies—my subscribers get a free short story when they sign up.
4- Goodreads
Goodreads has a plethora of information on authors, books and groups that can help you discover new books. There are groups available if you want to participate in what’s like an online book club. 

5- BookBub
BookBub is the latest hot spot for authors and readers. You can follow friends and authors and make and receive book recommendations.

Authors might also like to spend more time on their author Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or any of the new social sites popping up every day—but usually those are indicated on their website so you can follow them from there.

 If you’re around my cyber-world, you’ll know that I have a new release coming up (Not A Chance) on October 31, 2018 and get a chance to participate in tons of fun giveaways leading up to the big day.

Where Do You Find Your Favorite Authors?

Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four
seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

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