I had a long conversation with writer friend earlier this week. The topic? What form of media influences us to buy books. An author she’d talked to recommended a static web site that simply tells the reader about herself, what books she has, and when the next is coming out. My friend said that she didn’t care to write blogs, post on blogs, tweet, or use Facebook as forms of self-publication. Her thoughts are that a static web page itself plus collecting emails from her site to send book/promo updates and maybe ads in newspapers, etc., would be as effective as anything else.
So, what do you think as readers? What methods should authors use to promote themselves? Do author interviews on other people’s sites, author blogs, websites, Amazon reviews, newspaper ads, book signings, or anything else spur you to try a new author? Do you sign up on author sites for promotional email? Other than word of mouth from family and friends, which methods have spurred you to buy a book from an author you haven’t read before?