Hooking the Reader

I’ve been reading and writing, and promoting. Reading, I love. Writing, I love on some days, and hate others. Promoting, I could never do again.  I mean how many ways can you say, “Wanna buy my book?”

As a newly published author, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what hooks a reader. And I’ll tell you, I have no idea.

I have no filter.  I’ll read anything. If I saw it on Oprah, I’d buy it. If I see it on DearAuthor.com, I’ll give it a try. If you say, “you should read this.” I will. My reading has no rhyme or reason. Romance, mystery, thriller, police procedural, women’s fiction, literary novel, memoir, featured at the library – I read it all. But I’m starting to get the feeling that I’m vastly different from most readers. Most people I’m encountering will only read certain genres or certain authors, or even limit themselves to certain publishers. (You, yes you, who only reads Avon historical romances).

As an artist, I create what makes me happy, and think about an audience later. But all of a sudden, I’m wondering why and what and how people read.  So how do you pick books? I’d love to know