Recently joining Twitter, I have found even more ways to get closer to my favorite authors. But I've also found that while knowing them makes me want to buy their novels, it can also make me not want to.
Another thing is when authors try to dispute bad reviews. You can call me a "unknown good-for-nothing who wouldn't know a good book if it bite me in the ass" to the computer screen and your friends as much as you'd like. Get it out! Vent! But never, never, never go on a website and try to fight a bad review. Pretty much every author I follow would never do this but if an author is going around running their mouth online, I am much less likely to buy that book.
Also, for the record, don't write an article about writing a book in a genre and then dog said genre. Do. Not. Want.
Same goes for so many other authors.
I like knowing through Twitter or blog posts or interviews which scenes where hard to write, what characters are based off who and how author's reward themselves for their hard work.
My response to this question is a resounding yes to the positive and also the negative. The author's attitude will always affect if I buy a book. Maybe not the first time but if they are a joy to "know" online, then you can bet I'll be a fan through thick and thin!
So what about you? What do you think about the closeness the internet has brought readers to their authors? Does it affect your book buying?
Got something we should discuss next week? Let me know!
Next week's question: What comes first, the character or the plot?