Reader Survey and Why I’m Not a Heroine

Amy R, Magical Musings’s reviewer blogger, has posted the results of her survey on her So Many Reads blog in two posts: Part 1 and Part 2.  As an author and a reader, they’re both fascinating to me. But in Part 2, the replies to this double-loaded question made me wince:  Do you go to authors’ websites, and if so, what do you want to see on those sites?

I do the most important thing that the readers say: “Have lists of books, with buy links.” The readers also go to sites to see what the authors are up to. I have to admit, I usually forget to post on my personal blog. If I do think about it, I’m often too busy.

And for that same question, Amy says:  “They like it when authors have blogs. Readers like to go to an author’s website to see extras such as pictures of characters, games related to the books, character interviews, deleted scenes, scenes from another characters point of view, family trees in a series, and monthly contests or giveaways.”

This is my response: Ack! Ack! Ack!

idhI do get great ideas, and I’ve tried different things. But then I fizzle out. And this is where I’m going to demonstrate “Why I’m Not a Heroine.” My heroines don’t whine – unlike me. I just can’t do it all. I’m writing, editing, formatting and, once in a while, promoting. I’m not a super-fast writer or a super-slow one. I think of myself as average. Though I don’t have kids at home (of the human variety), I have an emotionally needy cat who needs a lot of petting. My husband needs attention sometimes, too.

I’ve learned to focus on what’s most important, letting the many other things I should do go. Most important is writing and publishing the book. Also, Dale Mayer and I are putting together a boxed set that will help us find new readers and boost our sales. For a while, that will be most important, too.

But I actually have a lot of deleted “bits” from my books. Now that I know people like to read them, I might look through for some interesting “outtakes” and post them on my personal blog.

What are the “extra” author things that you like most?

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8 Responses to Reader Survey and Why I’m Not a Heroine

  1. Amy R. says:

    Hi Edie and thanks for the blog shout-out! The nice thing about that survey is I didn’t have to come up with the questions or the answers. I truly enjoyed learning what authors wonder about and what readers like.

    I know what you mean about not being able to do it all. I learned that the hard way last summer with my blog. I have settled into a nice pace of just posting a few times per week and deciding what I wanted – not what I *thought* everyone else wanted. My husband (ever the logical, calm, patient one) reminds me it is my life and my blog. I have to figure out what is more important to me over all in life and where I want to spend my time. So, it has helped when I find myself jealous of other bloggers having a lot of popularity, etc. I am pretty darn happy with my life so I need to stick with what I can handle.

    And for authors? You guys have to put your writing ahead of anything else! It’s what makes you an author. One reader said it well in the first part of the survey in that if authors don’t write books, what is the point of trying to attract readers? 🙂

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Amy, good for you for finding your priorities. And I really enjoy your blog, and that reader survey was very interesting. As a plus for you, your husband sounds like a winner!

  2. Misty Evans says:

    Thanks for sharing the links, Edie. Great stuff in the survey, Amy!

    I don’t visit many authors’ websites…I do have a few I follow on FB to see what’s happening and find out about upcoming releases. Mostly, I barely have time to read these days, so my Kindle is full and I long for a week at the beach to catch up!

    You are a timeless, limitless being, Edie. You’ll get everything done that really needs to get done…especially if you take care of the cat first. LOL.

  3. marilynbrant says:

    Amy, very cool survey!!
    And, Edie, I’m with you. I’ve tried to do it all…and I just can’t. There are too many details and things I need to juggle in my day as it is 😉 .
    But, when I love a set of characters in a story, I think it’s a lot of fun to read “outtakes.” And, whether I know an author or not, I always enjoy excerpts, just so I can get a feel for the author’s voice and writing style.
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …A Summer in Europe ~ Book Club Pick!

  4. Very cool survey! Edie, I’m with you. I can’t do it all. I’ve got two young kids, and I’m not a fast writer either. Something has to give, and I’d rather it was promo than anything else, given how much I dislike doing it, LOL!

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    Michelle, I feel the same way about promo!

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