Last month, I shared that, despite my love of the fantastic in all forms, I'd read far more mysteries than fantasies. Imagine my surprise then, when I checked my Goodreads this week and found that fantasy is catching up!
As I was trying to figure out the reason for the upswing, I realized something.
I am an author-driven reader.
If I find an author I love, I want to read everything they've ever written. And when those books are in a great series, I'm in heaven.
The reason my mystery count has been so high is because mystery writers tend to write in longer series. No trilogies or four book arcs here. Mystery writers write into the double digits.
So when I get into a particular author, like Elizabeth Peters or Donna Andrews, before you know it I've read twelve mysteries in two weeks.
But my fantasy count is catching up, because my newest book-crush is the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. And there are a lot of them. I'm also starting to re-read some Mercedes Lackey, who's written more books than I can even think of right now.
I always defined myself as a genre person: mystery, fantasy, etc. And I do love them on principle. But the truth is, part of the reason I love them is the sheer number of books that these great authors produce.
If I find a prolific author that I love, I will willingly read outside my genres for as long as it takes to read everything they have to offer.
This made me realize something else too. The best way to hook a readers--to really create a lifelong fan--is to write MORE BOOKS.
Sure you can have one book that's a random success, driving you to the top of the bestseller list. But if you don't write more books after that, reader excitement will wane.
It doesn't have to be a series, as my periodic Dean Koontz marathons show. But it is a cold, hard fact that one of the best ways to hook an addicted, passionate reader like me isn't promotion or reviews or book tours or even being a bestseller.
The way to hook a reader like me is to write another book. And another one. And then another one.
So how about you? Are you an author driven reader too?