Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Hypocritical Writer

We're all writers and we all want people to buy our books, take a punt on a new author.  So here's a question: who was the last author you took a chance on?

To answer my own question here's a list of author's whose work was new to me in the last 12 months or so, with some Amazon links.

Lisa Shafer: Confessions of an average half-vampire
Milo James Fowler: Fool's Gold
Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island
Stephen King: Insomnia
Matthew Hughes: The damned busters
Jonathan L Howard: Johannes Cabal, the detective
Peter F Hamilton: The reality dysfunction
Gregory Maguire: Confessions of an ugly stepsister
Alex Scarrow: Afterlight

Most of them I've liked and have/will buy other books from them, one I haven't and wouldn't touch again with a bargepole (Alex Scarrow).  On top of that little list are other authors I took a risk with over the past few years such as Gail Carriger, Toby Frost and Tom Holt.

If we writers don't try new authors, do we have the right to ask others to take a risk with us?  Who have you tried out in the last year or so?

Give it some thought and let me know.


Nearly Martha said...

Hmm good point. Have thought about this and track record isn't very good. Does reading Dorothy L Sayers for the first time count?

Lisa Shafer said...

Thanks for the shout out! :)

Martin Willoughby said...

Martha: That counts as a start. Keep it up.

Lisa: Yours was a great book.