This is a multi focus article, I guess, but I believe it is all connected. Naturally our attention on this blog is centred on our romantic pocket novels and primarily these are found in newsagents, corner stores, supermarkets, etc. The good thing is that they go on in many cases to have a further life in the form of large print romances in libraries and, for many of us also, as ebooks to get them out to an even wider audience. After all, we write from our own inner drive or need but also, ultimately, for readers to enjoy what we create.
It's amazing to learn how readers discover us. Pocket Novel readers will go to their usual retail sources each month but what about other books by that author or their backlist once the current novel is taken off the shelf and before a new one comes out? According to the Smashwords blog on ebooks, for example, 29% of readers discover your book via blogs and message boards, Facebook and so on. 18% go out and particularly look for their favourite author. I know I tend to do that. Find an author I love or who has been recommended to me, so I seek other titles by that writer.
Many good reads are simply found by browsing and 14% of readers find us that way. The very smallest percentages are retailer recommendations, free ebooks, sampling then downloading, reviews and bestseller lists.
I have to say, personally, I do a lot of browsing, mostly online, to find my historical and romance fiction. I would be interested to hear how others - both authors and readers - acquire books to add to their reading pile.
As for what else we pocket novelists write, I love Australian history, genealogy and the Middle Ages, so my works both published and planned reflect that interest. Besides my last pocket novel, WOMBAT CREEK, which comes out in large print in libraries in September, my latest release is an Australian historical saga/romance ebook, BARRATT'S RUN, set in the pastoral country of the lush Western District of Victoria, Australia, where I live. I'm hoping this will become available in print within a year. I've just finished writing a squatter saga about the Penross family dynasty set in the same region which is really book 1 of a planned 6 book series. Plus I have 4 novels planned in the medieval era, a few modern mainstream stories roughly drafted out and heaps more romance novels titled and planned.
I know my fellow pocketeers write all kinds of different genres so this is a great opportunity to hear more about them. Over to you ladies...