I'm sorry I've been MIA lately. I'm back today, though. Late, but technically, it's still the 13th. :) I've been thinking about marketing and branding and "discoverability" and all of that stuff as I have a book coming out next month. And so I've decided to do a (short) post on social media concerning these things.
I see book recommendations fly across Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and the like all of the time. I'm wondering how often those recommendations actually lead to sales. I've discovered quite a few new authors through social media, but that doesn't necessarily mean I've bought their books. First of all, if it's genre fiction (and most of it that I see on social media is for some reason), it has to be a genre I'm interested in. Second of all, the book itself still has to grab me. In short, just because I know about it doesn't mean I'm going to like it enough to buy it. I feel similarly about $0.99 books and free books. It might be free or cheap up front to buy (or "buy") the book, but it's going to cost me in time later on to read it. After all, I still have a full-time job, writing to do, and generally a life to live. And I'm sure you all have similar demands on your time. So, I've bought maybe two books tops that were recommended to me through social media. And I've been on social media type things (not counting Facebook which I've had since 2004 but never really used for anything all that much) since about 2007.
How about you? Does social media influence your book buying decisions? How many books have you bought because of social media if any? Would you buy a book because you saw a tweet or a pin or something about it? Would you at least click on a link to learn more about the book?