I love finding new-to-me authors, and I use a variety of different methods to do so. I subscribe to a few deal books newsletters, although I have to admit I delete them unread more often than I open them, just because I don’t always have the time.
I also love personal recommendations and always check out the books on MM’s Friday Finds post. There are a few review sites I like–because the reviewer seems to have similar taste to myself–and I am also fine with following the links Amazon sometimes sends me, although I’d say it’s only about 25% of the time that I agree they have sent me a winner.
One thing I’ve never tried before is a sampler. But now I’m involved in a sampler myself, I’m interested in others’ experiences with them.
The idea came about when some of the authors on a science fiction romance group I belong to mentioned they’d seen a sampler for another genre, and that it was something worth exploring for science fiction romance. It was so well received, we’ve ended up with four volumes (divided by heat level) each with ten first chapters from ten different authors in each volume. We consider the samplers a portal for readers to discover the wonderful world of science fiction romance, so the series is called Portals.
The samplers are free, and Portals Volume 1 is already out and available, with each new volume being released at two week intervals.
The great thing about it is that it means readers have nothing to lose, and with each author promoting the volumes, we have the combined weight of forty authors sharing with their established readers, and hopefully helping them find other books in the genre they love.
The first chapter of my science fiction romance, Dark Horse, is in Portals Volume 3, and I’ll let everyone know when it’s out. For now, I’d love to know if you’ve read a sampler before, like the idea, or have simply never come across one before.