Once more with feeling… (+ giveaway)

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You guys were kind enough to give me such great feedback yesterday in the blog comments/giveaway entries and on FB and I really appreciate that. In fact, you’ve all been so helpful that I’m going to impose on you again and ask you to answer the same question in poll format, so I can more easily collect the data, and No. 1 can organize it.

And, of course, there will be another incentive! As a thank you for those who participate again today, I’m adding another giveaway at the end of this post, and this time the winner can choose from not just the books on the prize list, but from a few of my front-list US titles as well, so if you’ve been looking for a signed copy of Blood Bound or one of the Soul Screamers books, this is your chance!

What I’m doing: I’m trying to decide how best to spend my limited promotional time and money by determining where new readers are most likely to find me and focusing my efforts in those places. [Note: This will not affect the time I spend on my own blog/FB/Twitter. Those are places I interact with my existing readers, whom I value just as much.]

How I’m doing it: With this poll, and whatever information you guys are willing to leave in the comments.

Why I’m doing it: There’s a long-standing debate among traditionally published authors about whether or not our personal promotional efforts can actually make a difference in sales. I know authors who believe that that answer is (emphatically) NO. Those authors either maintain very little online presence, or they maintain an online presence specifically to chat with their existing readers. I also know of authors who believe that every little bit of promo helps.

Honestly, I tend to fall into that first category. I LOVE chatting with readers, and I do it all the time, on Twitter, FB, Formspring, and my blog. But to date, I have never been able to see a single verifiable bump in sales related to any of my own online efforts.

This tells me that:

  • Very few new readers are finding me through blogs (though many seem to find me through Amazon/Nook recommendations and Goodreads).
  • Most of my existing online followers are very loyal and active. (Yay!)

My theory about that is simple: in spite of the decline of brick-and-mortar stores and the rise of both online book stores and book blogging, the vast majority of an author’s readers will never look him/her up online, which means those readers will not stumble upon other, similar authors/books from visiting either their favorite authors’ sites or book blogs. In spite of the very vocal (and fun!) minority, most readers don’t have much time to spend reading book blogs.

Anecdotal evidence from the comments in yesterday’s post and on FB support that, which surprises me, because I’d assumed that just by virtue of asking these questions online, I was likely targeting regular book blog readers.

My secondary theory is that many, many book blogs have overlapping audiences. Sometimes they seem to have nearly the very same audience as many of their fellow blogs. Book bloggers read other book bloggers. Blog readers read multiple blogs. Which means any giveaway/guest post/interview done on two blogs with largely the same audience is twice the time/effort/work for half the hoped-for exposure. Those numbers look even worse when that effort is broadened to include several blogs with nearly the same audience.

Now, I know that everything above is probably really boring for most of you, (so for those just here for the giveaway, all you have to do is take the poll on the right, then leave a comment in this post telling me that you took the poll, which will enter you in the giveaway), but for me, this is fascinating, and relevant to–if not actually helpful for–my career.

The fact that many more people mention finding me through Kindle’s and Nook’s automatically generated recommendations and on Goodreads tells me that it’s faster and easier for people to find new books on the site where they’re purchased (in the cases of Amazon and B&N) and in places where they can see dozens of recommendations at once than it is through the actual book blogs, which tend to focus on one author/release per post. (That’s not an absolute; I know there are multi-book cover reveals and mailbox hauls.)

If that’s not true–if people really are finding me through blog reviews, guest posts, and blog tours–I’d truly love to know about it. So what I’m asking of you is this: If you’re willing, take the poll on the right, which will tell me where you were FIRST exposed to my work, whichever book that was. If that first exposure isn’t what led you to try the books, feel free to elaborate on that in the comments. If you found me before book blogging was big and today you normally find new authors through blog reviews/posts, feel free to leave that in your comment too. That definitely helps. But what I’m looking for in the poll is that initial exposure–where are people finding me?

Details: To be entered for the contest, after you take the poll, you MUST leave a comment here telling me that you took the poll. Your comment is your entry. I don’t need your email address or your shipping info–I’ll get that from you if/when you win. One entry per person. If you’re under 18, you must have a parent/guardian’s permission to enter. Void where prohibited. Please allow 2+ weeks for domestic shipping and 4+ for overseas shipping.

The winner of this giveaway may choose a book from my prize book list, or a US edition of any one of the following:

SS Vol 1
MSTSteal
IID
BIW
Pride
Prey
Shift
Alpha
Blood Bound
Shadow Bound

 

Comments

  1. Alisia

    August 29, 2012

    i saw one of your books on the library’s site while I was requesting books, so I added yours too. An now I have read all of them (i think) and LOVE them ALL!
    Thanks!

    • Bre M

      August 30, 2012

      Voted!! I found your books in my best friends room!! she bought Soul Screamers Volume 1 and never read it!! Now I CAN NOT wait to read your other series!!

  2. Katie Shelby

    August 29, 2012

    I took the Poll Can’t wait to read your books!!!! Thanks:)

  3. Kaci McVay

    August 29, 2012

    Responded to your poll :) Love your books

  4. Lisa

    August 29, 2012

    I actually just saw a post about this and about your books through a facebook status by a book facebook page/blog. So, I guess I just stumbled across your blog now. After reading about the books that you have written it makes me want to read them :)

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 29, 2012

      That’s awesome! Was it Paperback Dolls? I just saw that post!

  5. Cheryl

    August 29, 2012

    Hello, I took the poll.

  6. Deanne

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in the poll! I’m a librarian and follow a lot of authors on Twitter and FB and am more likely to recommend books, especially to teens, by authors who are active and interact with their fans online. And word of mouth really moves books off the shelves here.

  7. Jennifer Janes

    August 29, 2012

    I commented, I discovered your books through Facebook.

  8. Rachel C

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in the poll. :) found you through the Crush Tournament last year :)

  9. Carissa

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in the poll!

  10. Daisy Richeson

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in the poll. Found your books through a blog- YA Sisterhood.

  11. Freda Brown

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in the poll.

  12. Jamieson Wolf

    August 29, 2012

    I used to work in a bookstore, but oddly enough had not heard of your books until one of my colleagues suggested them. So I went to the shelves and picked up Stray and fell in love. The rest, as they say, is history. If anyone was looking for a really good read with a bit of romance, lots of action and thrills, I would invariably steer them towards your books. :)

  13. Jennifer A.

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in your poll. I found your books through a friend. She read Stray and said I just had to read it.

  14. Tara

    August 29, 2012

    I voted in the poll and i found you by following Paranormal Book Club. and i am now going to have to download some of your books. :-)

  15. Christine

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll. I chose other because I honestly can’t remember how I first found stray. It has to be something along the lines of a book seller site saying if you liked this book you’ll like this one, or sometimes I used to read summary and reviews on countless books until I decided I liked to try one of them. One time in a magazine it gave me a bunch of book suggestions. Now that I have a set group of authors I like, I generally just continue with books they write. I now follow book bloggers and have on line friends who have the same taste in books, which is where I get new auhtor/book suggestions.

  16. Emmalee Giantomasso

    August 29, 2012

    Brick and mortar store. :) thanks!

  17. Jaime

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll! Thanks!

  18. kelli

    August 29, 2012

    I first heard about your books when “Reaper” was offered as a Free Friday book on B&N.

  19. Melissa

    August 29, 2012

    Personally I find a lot of new authors I read through social media (its that or by spending hours wandering the book store and my hubby gets terribly bored with that). I found you through the twitter account of another author I was reading at the time. When I like a series, I follow the author so I can be updated on upcoming books in the series or new series they may be doing. She had mentioned you in a few tweets and I was in need of a new series so I found your website and from there I decided to read the shifters series (which I loved!!!), which lead to reading all your series and now I follow you as well… that kinda sounds stalkerish.

  20. Katrina Tinnon

    August 29, 2012

    I answered your poll. I found your book browsing the Kindle store. But I now own all of your books that are out, and I recommend them to everyone!

  21. Jennifer Calahan

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll and left my comment

  22. Kirsti

    August 29, 2012

    I stumbled upon the Soul Screamers series based on an Amazon recommendation. I have now recommended them to three other people – so that method works, too!

  23. Julie S.

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll :) I picked word of mouth since it was a friend that started reading your books and her posts about it on facebook got me curious. I wasn’t sure whether to pick facebook or word of mouth though, since technically facebook was the media, but it originated from a friend in person.

  24. Laura R

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll. Go libraries! :)

  25. sabrina owensby

    August 29, 2012

    I Googled good supernatural books to read and your soul screamers came up, I ended up downloading every book you had wrote to date without even reading the first one yet:)

  26. May

    August 29, 2012

    I took your poll… I first found out about it through a blog and then I saw it in the library and picked it up.

  27. Kt

    August 29, 2012

    I first heard about your books through Amazon’s recommendations.

  28. Gwenyth Love

    August 29, 2012

    I took your poll, and left a longer comment on your FB post. Thanks!

  29. Angie H

    August 29, 2012

    I voted! Thanks again for all the books!

  30. Sarah M.

    August 29, 2012

    I voted! Even though I found many of my favorite authors through brick and mortar stores, these days I look to Twitter or Facebook for ideas. By keeping tabs on and “following” authors that I like, I can see authors that they like and read. For me, author recommendations have been most successful in finding new books and authors that I enjoy.

  31. Samantha S

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll! I first saw the book on a book review blog and it immediately interested me.

  32. Haley

    August 29, 2012

    Poll taken. I actually introduced my sister to your books when she and I discovered our similar interest in books and authors. My own endeavours of searching for books on online bookstores lead me to your books. My sisters and I are forever fans.

  33. Jimena Inda

    August 29, 2012

    I’ve taken the poll. Can’t wait for the next books to be out!!

  34. Catherine H

    August 29, 2012

    Poll taken! I first found you when shelving books in the book shop i worked in : )

  35. Heather LaClare

    August 29, 2012

    Hi Rachel,
    I Voted :) I feel like I should be wearing a red sticker! I found the Shifters series through Amazon’s book recommendations (based on interests of Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, and Richelle Mead). This is where I initially found your books. Because I loved the Shifters series so much, I also went on to read Soul Screamers, which I stumbled upon when on your blog site.
    I also wanted to say I appreciate your online presence through multiple media’s. I often read your blog page by linking off of Facebook. I too visit multiple book blog reviews as well. I usually search for an author’s page (FB, Blog, Goodreads etc.) after I read their book, not before (unless I’m trying to find a list of books for the ordering of a series). Hope that helps : )

  36. Britta

    August 29, 2012

    Well I´m not 100% sure but I think I found your books on amazon.
    Since I´m reading in english and the german bookstores (at least in my town) don´t have that big a selection on english books the only way for me to get new books is to order them online.
    I don´t even think I read any reviews. I just thought “oh cool were-cats I´ll just try this one” and then I just read all of your books I could get.
    Sadly I had to give up telling my friends to read your books, because they don´t want to read in english :-(

    I know you didn´t ask that, but I have to tell you anyway.
    I really like that you answer every question a reader asks about your books (If it´s not spoilery) and that you spend so much time teasing us with excerpts from the books you are working on.

  37. Alexa

    August 29, 2012

    I voted! I learned about your books through my sister. She read the stray series and told me that I HAD to read them. She was right!!! From there, I started reading your other books. Most of my books I find through word of mouth or while browsing bn.com

  38. Ro-Ange

    August 29, 2012

    My initial introduction to your writing was way back with Stray’s first publication. I was on Amazon purchasing the next installment of a series I followed and your book popped up as a recommendation. I read the synopsis and liked that it was different to what was out then. I bought Stray and loved the series.
    When Shifter series finished I was addicted to the wonderful way you write and the brilliant way you bring your imagination to life, so I went looking for more and stumbled across your Soul Screamers Series and thenstarted following you on FB to know when new stuff is coming out so I was able to pre-order Blood Bound and Blood Oath and the latest Soul Screamers.
    I’m in Australia so don’t expect to be entered in the mpetitionI, (I own all your books anyway – libraries take too long to get them in for my impatient curiosity). I just wanted you to know the online book recommendations and FB work. I’ve readseveral books recommended on Amazon over the years and can’t say I’ve been disappointed with any, so it works. I do my best to add reviews to book sites too.
    I can’t wait for the next installment in Soul Screamers and Blood Bound series.Thank you for writing Rachel, your books provide me the best form of escapism :)

  39. Alice

    August 29, 2012

    just took your poll. learned about you through paranormal book club, enjoy your writing very much

  40. Archina

    August 29, 2012

    did the poll:)

  41. AndreaM.

    August 29, 2012

    I voted on the poll. :)

  42. Chris Miller

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll indicating eBookstore browsing. I’m thinking Audible.com counts as e-something.

  43. Debbie S

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll. I first heard about your books from a friend but it took discovering you in my local brick and mortar bookstore to read that first book. I’ve been hooked ever since.

  44. Tobi Summers

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll! I found Shifters on a list of werewolf/werewolf-like books (I wish I could remember exactly where that list was), and the rest is history.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Lori B

    August 29, 2012

    I voted. I’m very active online but I don’t do read many book blogs as I really don’t find them worthwhile. I find most of my authors by using the recommendations pages on Amazon.com from books I already have read and liked. I also find authors by following the ones I like on Facebook and then seeing who they recommend. I have found many great series from the recommendations of the authors I already read. For example, you have mentioned some authors in your Facebook post and/or do signings with them. Therefore I have gone and looked up their books. Interesting enough, many of the authors you mention, I already read or have on my wishlist.

    Here is another things for you regarding blogs: I did go and visit all the blogs on your blog tour to read your guest posts but I haven’t been back to them since then. I would be interested to see if those blogs got a bump in viewership during that time and if that bump lasted or not. I wonder if they see spikes when they have guest posts versus when not.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 29, 2012

      That’s an interesting point. I can tell you that authors do guest blogs/blog tours to broaden our own exposure, but I get guest post requests from bloggers every single week, and they seem to want authors to come to their blogs and do giveaways to increase their own traffic. So…we’re all looking for the same thing. Which makes sense. The problem seems to be that quite often, we’re hitting mostly the same audience, wherever we go.

  46. Sarah

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll.

  47. Bec

    August 29, 2012

    I have taken the pole. You write such fantastic books, thank you for filling my spare time with exciting and addictive reading material :-)

  48. Rebecca F.

    August 29, 2012

    I voted! i chose “other” because I read your short story about Nash and Sabine, and I loved it! so I went on the internet to see what other books you had written, and if any of them sounded good/were related to the short story i read. That’s how I found you (and Soul Screamers)!

    that’s one of the reason’s i love anthologies so much. i’ll get them because of one or two authors, but when i’m done with it, i’ll have several other authors whose books i’ll look for.

  49. Maria Mc

    August 29, 2012

    My friend Laura got me started she has quite a few of them and the others I got at the library. She’s kidna like my own personal library. Loved all your books so far :)

  50. Amy P

    August 29, 2012

    Voted. :D

  51. Rola

    August 29, 2012

    Poll taken ! Thanks Rachel :)

  52. Vicky

    August 29, 2012

    i took the poll!

  53. Sally Goodall

    August 29, 2012

    Have taken your poll thank you so much :D

  54. Sue Lukenbaugh (@suepafly)

    August 29, 2012

    I voted word of mouth, but it’s kind of a combo. I first heard about your books at another author’s book signing at a book store. Kim Harrison gave you rave reviews, and said you were an author to watch, and since I was already in the store, I picked up Stray that day, which I think was just released at the time.

  55. starryeyedjen

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll…discovered your books initially through a giveaway on a book review blog. Then when I added it to my Goodreads shelf, I discovered the rest of your books and I have been a fan ever since. :) I still find new authors/books through book blogs, specifically through Waiting on Wednesday posts, and the rest I usually discover through Goodreads. I only peruse Amazon/B&N when I know what I’m looking for and plan to make a purchase, not to find new books. That could get very dangerous for my pocketbook, otherwise. :D

  56. Grace Lo

    August 29, 2012

    Honestly, I stumbled across your book on my recommendations page on Goodreads, and although I thought that My Soul to Take was beautiful (seriously, I love the dress), I was like “Heck, looks good but not too high on my priority list.” Afterwards, I found it by messing around at my local library. I knew that it was on my to-read list, and it made a bit of an impression with the banshee thing (they’re a really rare species in the world of fiction), so I took it home. And things took of from there. c:

  57. Sabrena

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll as well :)

  58. Veronika

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll! I’m actually curious about the results myself :)

  59. Rich

    August 29, 2012

    I answered your poll as “Other” because I first heard of your books in an Audible sale and wasn’t sure if you considered that an ebook store.

    For what it’s worth, speaking for myself, having read more than one of your series I would eventually end up trying your new series anyway but because I follow you here and on twitter I try (and will continue to try) them sooner than if I didn’t. Also, authors that you (and the few other authors I follow) recommend go to the top of my “authors to check out” list.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 29, 2012

      I would count that as an ebook store, though I wish I’d thought to add it separately. But “other” is fine, thanks!

  60. Sherry Wang

    August 29, 2012

    I took the poll.. first found your books on library by stumbling upon it by accident.. was intrigue by the book cover art and the title… then later started purchasing the books.

  61. Leah White

    August 29, 2012

    I responded to your poll.
    I was recommended your books through word of mouth. After I blew through the first 3 books I borrowed of Shifters, I got on Amazon.com and purchased the rest of the series. Once I finished the series and going through withdrawals, I researched you and found your website. I learned of Blood Bound. I preordered it from Amazon.com and then they suggested Soul Screamers. I proceeded to download them all, immediately.
    Like I said yesterday, you definitely rock my brain cells! I am in love with your reads. Thank you.

  62. Melody Colyer

    August 29, 2012

    I voted!!!!

  63. Stella (Ex Libris)

    August 29, 2012

    Hi Rachel! I took the poll and once again answered that I discovered you and heard about all your series and new books through book review blogs :-D

  64. Myranda

    August 29, 2012

    took the poll! :) You’re books are next on my boyfriends to read list! :)

  65. Valerie Long

    August 29, 2012

    I was searching for new books to read in the paranormal romance and supernatural romance genres and found you and your books and they all sounded great so I’ve added you to my to be read list now but haven’t read any of your books just yet. =)
    If I were to win I’d pick SS Vol 1. =) Have a great day!!!! =D

  66. KayDee

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll! I used to go on Amazon where I first found Stray, then switched to Goodreads. I have been using this site to jump from blog to blog from authors and also where I discovered the rest of your books. I can’t wait to read your next books :)

  67. Alicia0605

    August 29, 2012

    I found out about you through a book blog but I didnt purchase your books at the time. In fact I didnt purchase your first book until Fitikan did the Soul Screamers reading Challenge. At that point I picked up your first book and couldnt stop.

    I started reading book blogs a couple of years ago because I found that they offer lots of giveaways. I have found several new to me authors including you thru them. I fell in love with the community so I started my own blog. Since then I have found that the “community” isnt so great.

    This is what I know:

    My book blog has the same audience as the next book blog. It does not change at all.

    I get a lot more traffic when I have a well known author on my blog but the next day it will go back down.

    When I hold a giveaway my stats go up.

    I dont think that blogs really help authors like you in sales because you are already backed by an amazing publisher. I bet you would do just as well without blogs.

    I will review big publisher books but I usually only do guest posts and interviews for lesser known authors. I figure they need the exposure more.

    I have seen several blogs review polices that state that they will not accept review copies from indie authors. I think that a lot of blogs are there only to help themselves. They want to get their hands on all those coveted ARCs. (I like getting the ARCs too, but I try to remember why the publishers give those out)

    SInce starting my review blog I have found an amazing number of authors that I might not have known about before but then again how many people really read book blogs that dont have a blog themselves?

    I hope this was helpful.

  68. Priya

    August 29, 2012

    I saw found your book through Stray, but since it was adult, I checked other books by you and found My Soul To Take and a book about banshees sounded a lot interesting, and it was!

  69. Jo

    August 29, 2012

    I voted. I found you through Amazon recommendations. But that was either back before I started blogging and new book blogs existed, or when I first started out, so it was all very new to me.

    This doesn’t relate to you because I’m already a fan of yours, but I find most of the new-to-me authors I read I am exposed to through being a blogger myself – i.e. publishers (or, on the odd occassion, the authors themselves) emailing me about books to request a review. There are so many new-to-me authors I hear about weekly because of blogging.

    Next would come from reading other book blogs. Most of the book blogs I read happen to be by bloggers from countries other than my own. I’m in the UK, and the blogs I read are mostly in Australia, so via those blogs, I’m discovering Australian authors I wouldn’t have heard about otherwise – or at least not for quite a while. For this reason, I do think authors doing country specific blog tours – for their own or for others – can be quite helpful. For example, when Soul Screamers books have been released in the UK and I’ve had you on my blog for the tour, I remember one specific person talking to me away from my blog about how they were going to check out your books because of it.

    I don’t know how useful this will be, it’s just something that has occurred to me while writing this comment, but… because the same audiences seem to be visiting various blogs in certain countries (I’m thinking the US and the UK), I think it’s possible that blog tours may be more helpful in attracting new readers when they happen in other countries. There may be readers who read blogs specific to their countries because of release dates and availability of books. I don’t know, I could be completely wrong, but it just seems to me to reach new audiences it makes sense to have blog tours on blogs that are possibly more likely to have different readers (where your books are published, obviously). The only problem is if those countries aren’t English speaking, translation the interviews/guest posts could be difficult.

  70. Randa

    August 29, 2012

    Took the poll :)
    I was searching for a great YA book to read since I’m new into reading, and I found your books :)
    I’m hooked since then ^_^
    Thank you for he giveaway :)

  71. Danielle Faber

    August 30, 2012

    Hi, I took the poll, and I’m an other. I found you in a gas station lol

  72. Lacey T

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll! I found your Soul Screamers series while browsing at the library :)

  73. Kat

    August 30, 2012

    Took the poll, but honestly I can’t remember how I came across your SS series but I started following you more after getting the Shifter series becasue I was so intrigued with your wolrd. Plus your books made me read more books by other authors :)

  74. Kalynn

    August 30, 2012

    I picked “other,” because I started reading the Shifters series because of good buzz at Paperback Swap. The same happened with Soul Screamers. I found them at PBS, and I ended up liking IID so much that I’ve been collecting the entire series through buying and trading to keep on my shelf. Since I liked the other 2 series , I bought Blood Bound when it came out.

  75. Mel Thomas

    August 30, 2012

    I voted “other” in the poll because I met you at RT 2010. After discussing your books with you I was so intrigued I picked up the first book in both the Shifters and Soul Screamers series.

  76. Elizabeth

    August 30, 2012

    voted!!

  77. Dani Reynolds

    August 30, 2012

    Took the poll! :)

  78. Elaine pullen

    August 30, 2012

    I saw your books at my local library and looked you up then and got to get all your books on my kindle brilliant.

  79. Danielle Nguyen

    August 30, 2012

    Just took the poll. I first heard about your Shifters series on Goodreads after the 3rd or 4th book came out. Now I’ve read all of your books, with the exception of Before I Wake, which I hope to win in this giveaway ;)

  80. Adriana C

    August 30, 2012

    I just took the poll .
    thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Stephanie W

    August 30, 2012

    I voted as well. :) I believe I first came across your books from an Amazon recommendation because I had been reading Kelley Armstrong’s series and your shifters series came up. I initially checked out a book from the library, and loved the first book so much, you are on my auto buy list, now. I also find out about new authors through blogs, although I check out my favorite author websites at least weekly. :)

  82. Irene

    August 30, 2012

    I took your poll. :)

  83. Rachel

    August 30, 2012

    I know I commented yesterday and perhaps overshared on FB. But to add one other note, as you brought something else up in today’s post, now that I blog I don’t ever look at Amazon’s recommends. Granted they’re only shoving 2 books at me these days (one I own and one I’d never buy) but as a blogger I only find books when other bloggers talk about them on Twitter or if the covers come up on FB, or if an author brings them to my attention.

    I don’t really check out book haul posts, but a tweet with “awesome book” or “you have GOT to read this” is one I will click almost every time and then immediately head over to Amazon to pre-order it if it even remotely sounds interesting.

    But I’m not a new reader.

    Bloggers are huge consumers of books so we are an audience an author would probably not want to lose, and we are major “word of mouth” sources both online and off so have the potential to read new readers in our communities. But I don’t know how often we follow blog tours or read guest posts versus simply interact with an author on Twitter. And a tweet announcing a new book release is far quicker than going on tour.

    And with the gorgeous covers you have for your books, mass cover reveals might be more effective in drawing new readers to your books/series. Of course getting EW or other major site to post an exclusive reveal would probably bring in an even greater audience.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      Interesting points. So, are you saying that most bloggers (in your experience) don’t read fellow bloggers’ blogs? Also, I completely agree that Tweeting is faster, and I know I personally reach way more people tweeting than I do blogging. And I think huge cover reveals are GREAT. People RT them, and repost them, and many view them over and over. Unfortunately, huge cover reveals on major sites (EW, etc…) don’t come free. Or even cheap, I would assume. That’s a major promotion available only to publishers. Not to individual authors. And for those of us at HQTeen, the cover is almost always revealed on our publisher’s FB site first–when we don’t get scooped by someone who saw the cover in a catalogue and posted it online.

      I agree that the blogging community is an audience no one would want to lose, and I hope no one thinks I was suggesting anything of the sort. I was blogging for almost two years before I was published. Book bloggers are valuable to me for the same reason all readers are valuable to authors and publishers–because they are readers, as well as massive and vocal supporters of books, reading, libraries, and literacy in general. That’s what we all (publishers, authors, book bloggers, trade reviewers, librarians, and teachers) have in common. Which is as it should be.

      I’m running this poll for several reasons. First, because if there’s a promotional avenue I need to be spending more time and money on, I want to know about it. Second, No 1 wants to analyze the numbers, and I didn’t have any to give him. Third, I truly expected to hear that >50% of my new readers are finding me through blogs. But that’s not what I heard yesterday, so I thought we’d do it more “scientifically” and see if the results changed. But so far, they’re not, in spite of the fact that 100% of my personal promotional efforts have been focused on book blogs, since I stopped buying ads and making trailers. I wish I were hearing about more on-blog discoveries, because that would mean that my time, effort, and money are definitely focused in the right direction. And maybe that’s still true. But based on what I’m hearing today and yesterday. I can’t confirm that. Most people seem to have found me in bookstores, either physical or online. And that’s coming from responders who are internet regulars–those most likely to be big blog readers. I can only assume that of my readers who’ll never see this post, very few of them found me on a blog stop or review, because they spend very little time with the online book community. Alas, that means I have no way of reaching that kind of reader myself.

      Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do to make myself more visible in bookstores.

      I have way more Twitter followers than I thought I have. I discovered this recently. So I’d also expected to hear that many people found me there, but that’s not turning out as expected either. Which kind of makes sense. Why would people follow me unless they’d *already* heard of me?

      Anyway…the whole thing’s fascinating. I’ve heard several different perspectives from book bloggers about what book blogging brings to publishing, but few of them seem to agree, and that’s left me more confused than ever about what role bloggers *want* to play and whether or not I *should* be focusing promotional efforts on book blogs. Some say they don’t *want* to be used as a promotional tool, yet others seem insulted by the thought that blogs aren’t where most people find new books. I’m not really sure what to do with that kind of mixed reaction. Though I guess I should be used to it, considering the reviews I tend to get. ;)

      But the most frustrating thing for me, out of all of this, is the surprising number of people who’ve found me on Goodreads. I’ve spent virtually *no* time or effort on GR, yet I hear almost daily about being found there. And I hate GR with a mad passion. Yet I can’t deny that it’s evidently a great way to find and be found, for authors. ;)

      • Rachel

        August 30, 2012

        Oh, no I think bloggers do read other bloggers’ blogs. I think the most traffic I get on my blog is from other bloggers. But it depends on the post. type. Obviously if we’re all doing cover reveals we won’t check out all blogs. But it does blanket the blogosphere, makes it more likely the book will come up in search engines for those readers who aren’t bloggers.

        WoW meme posts are very popular ways to spread the word about a book. Bloggers check out other WoW posts. And if they see a book on there, it makes that book top of mind. But again that’s all about the blogger and the book and less to do with author efforts.

        I was specifically referring to my lack of looking at hauls. I know that hauls are hugely popular, but I decided to stop checking out haul posts unless someone specifically points me in that direction. And I think for most bloggers unless they’ve already reviewed the book, review posts aren’t highly trafficked by them either. No one wants to accidentally incorporate someone else’s thoughts in their posts.

        Goodreads is the best place for a blogger’s reviews to be read and seen because that’s why people are on there, to check out reviews specifically and to reach readers new and old.

        I don’t know that Amazon reviews are as effective.

        This is getting very long. I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to shoot you a long email. :)

        (And I just now realized that this never posted! No wonder!)

      • Emmalee Giantomasso

        August 30, 2012

        Can I say that even though I first found you in a bookstore, I’ve been following you on the internet since then. I wouldn’t say blogging is a waste because I think Rachel at fiktshun did great things with the ssrc. Things like that that bloggers do are great for authors. And the incentives she had help a ton especially since you have to do a review to be eligible for prizes. So I guess its not quite right to ask where we initially found you either.

        • Rachel Vincent

          August 30, 2012

          Of course blogging’s not a waste! I’ve been blogging for years. ;) I’m not sure I understand the rest of your comment, though. Why is it “not quite right” to ask where you initially found me?

          • Emmalee Giantomasso

            August 31, 2012

            Don’t mind that it was late and I was rambling.. Sorry!

  84. Anubha

    August 30, 2012

    i took the poll… :)

  85. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    August 30, 2012

    The blogging thing is interesting… I followed book blogs before starting my own, but only a few versus the dozens I have in my Google Reader now.

    Prior to blogging I found a lot more books from online bookstore recommendations, and by browsing Goodreads and their recommendations. I also found more just by looking around the library (both their online catalogue and in-library displays or browsing) and what was new at physical bookstores. Now that I have been blogging for a couple of years I pretty much exclusively find out about books from other book bloggers, whether that be from reading their blogs, seeing what they mention on twitter, or which books they add as ‘to-read’ on Goodreads.

    All that being said I can’t remember if I ever saw your books in someplace like Walmart before finding them online. It’s possible, but I know when I actually decided to pick up the Soul Screamers from the library it was because of book blogging friends on twitter talking about how good they were. Then that led to me buying copies of the last couple.

    So there’s the interesting thing… it was book blogging that made me into a new reader of yours and which led directly to sales. But it was the outside discussion from bloggers I knew and trusted (which is more word of mouth, even if it is online) that got me, not any particular guest post or interview.

    I truly believe that blogger reviews and features will get authors new readers and sales, but is it on a large scale? Probably not. Even the most popular book blogs generally don’t have more of an audience than a few thousand. I’m so entrenched in the blogging community now that it’s hard for me to comment about reading habits outside it… but I would say things like getting promoted on Amazon, B&N, or Chapters here in Canada would make a big sales difference. I’ve also seen posts about authors buying ad space on Goodreads, and I bet that would be a good thing.

    (And if you couldn’t tell by this massive comment, yes, I voted on the poll ;) )

  86. Louise

    August 30, 2012

    I voted. :-)

    I also take recommendations from other authors very seriously. If an author I love says that they loved a book, that carries a lot more weight for me than a e-store recommendation based on my buying history.

  87. Vivien

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. I heard about your books through other blogs (can’t for the life remember though).

  88. Cynthia

    August 30, 2012

    I found you through Goodreads.

  89. Lauren

    August 30, 2012

    I found your book, Stray, in an airport store in Texas back in 2007.

  90. Rachel R.

    August 30, 2012

    Hi Rachel, I entered!

    • Rachel R.

      August 30, 2012

      I mean I voted, sorry. Not enough coffee today :P

  91. Judy

    August 30, 2012

    Hi Rachel – I took the poll though my answer doesn’t really reflect where I usually find/discover new books and authors.

    Stray was the first book of yours I read and I found it through calico-reaction’s book review blog on Livejournal, but I don’t actively seek out book blogs to find books.

    That said, there are quite a few authors I wouldn’t have discovered last year had it not been for YA Sisterhood’s YA Crush Tournament. But I found out about that through Twitter (word of mouth) not by reading their blog.

    So, word of mouth from people I know (both in person and on Twitter) and whose opinions I trust is my preferred way of discovering new writers. Second would be bookstores (online and brick & mortar). Third would be recommendations from authors I’ve read because there’s a good chance that if I enjoy an author’s books I will enjoy the book they’re recommending.

    Hope that helps (and was coherent)! :)

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      The YA Crush Tourney turned into a massive promo op for *many* authors! I still hear from people who found me there! ;)

  92. Tara

    August 30, 2012

    I entered the poll. I just want to say that I love Todd because he has an amazing sense of humor. I think it is hilarious that you have to think of his funny lines after writing the book.

  93. Carmen B.

    August 30, 2012

    For me it was an amazone recommendation, but that was like 4 or so years ago and I didn’t buy them… I only ‘rediscovered’ you and your books via blogs and your twitter last summer during the YA Crush Tournament, and that’s what actually made me want to buy and read the books. I only go to amazon / Book Depository to order books, not really check them out. I never read the reviews there – I don’t know those people, and I think there are fake reviews on there as well. I find all my books via bloggers now (and goodreads). Also, reading author’s tweets and seeing what great people they are makes me want to read their books. So for me that really does make a difference, I guess because I feel more connected to the author.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  94. Elaine G

    August 30, 2012

    Voted
    I found your books through an anthology I was reading.It was a great story so I went and searched you out and found the Shifter series.

  95. Tonya

    August 30, 2012

    Voted! :) I found your books while at a book store.

  96. Rachelle

    August 30, 2012

    I voted on the poll. Hope I win! *crosses fingers*

  97. Ana Lucía

    August 30, 2012

    I commented yesterday and voted on the poll! :)

  98. Nancy L.R

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll.

    I answered “through book or review blog” I found you on The YA- Sisterhood Blog (which I follow) during the first “YA Crush Tournament” last year. After I looked up the “Soul Screamers” series I found your other books, and have been reading them ever since!! :)

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      I suspect that crush tournament made a lot of new readers for a lot of very pleased authors. ;)

  99. Misty M

    August 30, 2012

    Voted! I found Stray by an Amazon recommendation, after reading that, I went directly to your site/blog to find out if the book was a series, what other series’ you have written, etc. I use the same process for most of my books. I get recommendations from Amazon, other blogs, or authors themselves and I ALWAYS find the author’s site or blog to follow up with them and the books. I like to know as much as I can.

  100. Hailey R

    August 30, 2012

    I voted! and cannot wait to see the results!

  101. TaylorG

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll! I first found Stray when I was browsing through barnes and nobles online store, but that was before I learned about blogs. Actually, I started reading blogs right after I found Stray and since then I have found most (if not all) of the books I’ve read via blogs.

  102. Kai Charles

    August 30, 2012

    Hi Rachel I clicked other! It was a blog that I first discovered you on but It wasn’t a review blog it was a link Kim Harrison had to Stray, a widget on her blog :) Hope that helps. Kai

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      Interesting! I didn’t know she had a widget. But I did know she’s generally awesome. ;)

  103. JenniferA

    August 30, 2012

    It was word of mouth for me. I voted. and believe me I have also PASSED this word of mouth on. We love our books!

  104. sam morris

    August 30, 2012

    I found out about you book fro am book recommendation on amazon so i brought all your ss series and love them :-)

  105. Kaila

    August 30, 2012

    I voted!
    I find that I rarely discover new books/ authors online (blog wise) unless it’s through authors that I already know. Otherwise, bookstores are often where I find new material :)

  106. Alaiel Kreuz

    August 30, 2012

    Done! And thanks for the post, it was really interesting and I like that you actually take care of the exposure you get and how you get it. Most of the time I find a lot of new books when I go to a bookstore but for the last few months my main resource has been all the blogs I read :D

  107. Heather

    August 30, 2012

    Is twitter considered word of mouth? Rachel was tweeting about you and the SSRC with Jamie and I butted in. So would that count as word of mouth or twitter? You may have to change a twitter vote depending on what you decide.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      I’d call that Twitter. I mostly meant word of mouth from friends, specifically to you, as opposed to a Tweet broadcasted to all followers. ;)

  108. Brianna R

    August 30, 2012

    I voted, I chose book blog but it also could of gone under word of mouth. I did find you on a blog but it wasn’t a review it was a link on Keri Arthur’s blog page and she raved on about you. Wasn’t sure what to put it under so I did innie Minnie miny mo ;)

  109. Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

    August 30, 2012

    I voted on the poll.
    To clarify further I guess I should say I did first hear about your books on goodreads but that was before I really followed any book blogs. Goodreads and blogs is where I find most of my recommendations.

  110. smiling_ina

    August 30, 2012

    I wasn’t quite sure whether to vote for book blog or other, but I decided on book blog since the event was on a book blog. It was YA Sisterhood’s YA Crush Tourney last year where the amazing Rachel from fiktshun was Tod’s advocate. That’s how I first heard about the Soul Screamers series and ended up falling in love with the books. I also have the first three books in your Shifters series as well as the two books in your Unbound series. :)

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      I think that counts. Though I really wish I’d thought to put “blog event” on there, because the crush tourney has been the top one mentioned. ;)

  111. Crystal M.

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll and found the Shifter series when I was buying e-books then after reading them I went on to the amazing Soul Screamers series. I mostly buy paper backs than online but I am glad I found your books.

  112. Sarah Daly

    August 30, 2012

    I voted in your poll. I came across your books on my local library’s website page dedicated to new release books they just bought to add to their catalog. That was all the way back in 2009. After If I Die came out every couple of days I would fill out a suggest a purchase form for 6 months until they finally gave in and bought it. :-)

  113. Jackie B Central Texas

    August 30, 2012

    Found your adult series with book 1 in the Shifters series “Stray” at a WalMart when out shopping the year the book released. Since then have read each and every book and like all your other Faythe fans was very sad to see the series end.

    Found out about The Soul Screamers series after it had came out from either twitter friends who were raving about the first book or a blog that I followed that was promoting the book, not sure which.

    Now as to your latest series totally found out about the books from your personal blog posts when you started letting fans know that the Unbound series would be releasing last August.

    My personal experience with finding new to me authors and their books totally took off in 2009 when I started following “Bitten By Books” site and reading about all the new to me authors on all the book blogs that I then started subscribing to. I have found a lot of smaller name authors that way, the self pubbed and the like but the traditionally published authors like yourself can honestly say that found the books for the most by going to Barnes and Nobles, browsing Amazon and The Book Depository for sales or getting ideas on what I would like to read from book polls on Goodreads.

  114. Victoria Zumbrum

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. I love to read your books. They all sound wonderful.

  115. Tyawna

    August 30, 2012

    I voted! I found your books through amazon and have been telling all my friends about them as much as I can. I even got a few of them as addicted as I am!

  116. Tasnim S

    August 30, 2012

    I commented on your previous post and I took the poll too and chose the library option :)

  117. Maria

    August 30, 2012

    Voted!!!… I first saw ur book last yr at the Los Angeles RT convention… Since then i cannot stop reading them

  118. laurie

    August 30, 2012

    I took your poll. I found your books in the grocery store while I was working. I know they’re YA but i’m 40 and absolutely love them. A great well written story that grabs your heart and your imagination well transend the target audience every time.

  119. Sarah Bednash

    August 30, 2012

    Hello, I took the poll.

    Goodreads.

  120. pingo9191

    August 30, 2012

    I voted and I am sooo grateful to libraries now!

  121. Kim C

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. I picked up the SS #1 a couple of years ago by chance at Borders because I LOVED the cover LOL After reading the jacket, I thought it sounded pretty good. Of course I fell in love and had to get the novella to see how it all started and now I have read ALL your books! So glad the cover grabbed my attention :)

  122. Lisa R

    August 30, 2012

    I try to avoid ebooks, I like actual physical copies so I usually find books in a store (including Soul Screamers). I have found a lot of great books through blogs and Goodreads though. I also think that recommendations on Amazon kind of stink since all it does is recommend veeery similar books to what you purchased with them, even if it may not necessarily be good. They also makes it difficult when trying to browse for something DIFFERENT!! I don’t want to read another meh version Harry Potter or Twilight or whatever’s popular, I want something new and exciting which I can usually find in random dark corners of a bookstore, or on a blog :D

  123. Gabi

    August 30, 2012

    I find authors almost exclusively through book review blogs – the cover art and synopsis don’t always give me a good idea of the book, and I like to read reviews before I invest my time or money into something. If something does catch my eye somewhere else (goodreads, browsing stores) I will almost always visit the author’s site and find reviews to read before I decide to purchase.

  124. Katy

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll (=^_^=)

  125. Linda P

    August 30, 2012

    I answered your poll at the top. I am pretty sure I found you through Deadline Dames site. I was quite faithful to reading a blog by wicked little pixie and then found Deadline dames. I had liked a book and when I went loooking for new authors, Prey was out, I fell in love. Now, as well as then, I look on the sites I usually go to and look either for “books by friends” sections or posts about what is out on release day. I also have followed your blog tour, but not really been back to any of the sites since then. I don’t know if this has helped, but I hope with all the answers you can find something to help you find an answer. I will be waiting for whatever you write next. :)

  126. Nina Reads

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll, and picked brick and mortar bookstore as I first found Stray in the very limited English Paperback section of a Norwegian bookstore back in 2009!:)

  127. Vivian N

    August 30, 2012

    I took your poll and I found your books by reading the anthology, Kiss Me Deadly.

  128. Stamanah

    August 30, 2012

    I actually discovered My Soul To Take on Amazon. It was on the “Readers who bought this also bought this” list. Ever since I read the beginning of Soul Screamers, I’ve been hooked on your books! :)

  129. Maggie

    August 30, 2012

    Took the poll! (and commented yesterday :P) I heard about your books while voting last year on YA Sisterhood’s Crush tournament, I was looking for book to read and I fell in love with the SS series, then proceeded to read some of your other books.

  130. Susan S.

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll.

  131. Lindsey

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll and am the (currently) only voter for shelfari! I found your books before I learned of the glory of goodreads.

    I’ve never been a big blog frequenter unless it is the blog of an author I already know. I check on your blog and Jeri Smith-Ready’s the most often. I also find Veronica Roth’s interesting when I see she’s posted an update on facebook or twitter. As far as book bloggers, I have never found one that mostly reads books I enjoy. I don’t have the time/patience to scroll through 5 pages of entries to find, perhaps, 1 book I would enjoy. Also, most of the book blogger blogs I have glanced through aren’t all that interesting. I guess I’m a little hard to please. I need at least a funny story every once in a while or something to keep me motivated. Haha.

  132. Nic

    August 30, 2012

    Voted!

    Also “Once More With Feeling” – made me think of Buffy :)

  133. Amy (@SimpleLoveBlog)

    August 30, 2012

    What an interesting post. I really enjoyed reading the comments as well. I first saw your books in my local Chapters store, but it was a review of MY SOUL TO TAKE that made me go back and buy the books! And from there I devoured the Shifters series, and the first two UNBOUND books are sitting on my bookshelf.

    I’ve taken the poll, thank you for the opportunity.

  134. ashley

    August 30, 2012

    Just took the poll. Had to think about it a little. The first time I came across one of your books was at a Walmart. I bought The Soul Screamers Vol. 1 bind-up.
    Hope my vote helps in your little research project. :)

  135. Melissa Robles

    August 30, 2012

    I voted! I actually found out about your Soul Screamer’s series by looking up for books on Harlequin teen’s facebook page! I read an excerpt of the first book in the series, fell in love, then by next morning I dashed towards my local library. I was so glad that they had it available :D

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      I believe you’re the first who’s found me through HQTeen. Which, now that I think about it, is very odd…

  136. Jessica Surprenant

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. I just wanted to say that I have found a lot of authors through other authors that reviewed the book or talked about their own liking of a book. I also scan through free books on Amazon which is how I found you and my other favorite authors. I find that you are using tools to promote like an Indie author would to promote. The two other authors that I am loyal to are both independent and they use their blog and twitter more than anything to promote new readers as well as having free or close to it while selling their books.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      Thanks for responding! What do you mean by “independent?” Do you mean self-published? Or indie press?

  137. Kristin Straumann

    August 30, 2012

    Took the poll!! Glad to be of help :-)

  138. Robin Keck

    August 30, 2012

    Voted in the poll…I found you at the library.

  139. Georgeana

    August 30, 2012

    I voted. I found you at the library.

  140. vicky mccall

    August 30, 2012

    I stumbled across your books by good old fashioned word of mouth. My brother in law recommended your books to me. I didn’t even think to look you up online until I saw my daughter looking up a favorite author of hers online. That’s when I searched you out and found your blog. After that, I was able to find your other works. Happy to say, I’ve read every availabe book that you’ve written….and enjoyed them all! I was sad to see Faythe and Marc’s series end. I’ll be sad again when Kaylee’s story comes to an end as well. I’m thrilled to read the blood bound series. Been loving that. The short stories and novellas were all terrific. I’m glad I found you online, or I wouldn’t have necessarily found ALL of your other books. Just a bit of info for you, I get all of your books in audio format. Love to listen to a great story on long drives or while cleaning around the house. Moms never have enough time to just sit and read anymore. :0)

  141. Jen Smith (@jendsmit)

    August 30, 2012

    Hi! I voted =)

    My answer is Goodreads, but really my answer is Goodreads, recommendation and word of mouth… but most of that has happened on GR so I went with that.

    Love your books – amazing writing!!

  142. PATTY Q

    August 30, 2012

    Hi Rachel ! Just voted :)
    I just found you through a friend, at that time I just finish reading True Blood series and was feeling pretty empty with nothing to read so my friend told me theres a Shifters books that I should read and there you go you are one of my favourites authors now, and the good thing is that I didn’t had to wait for the next book so I just read one after the other !! thanks a lot for this, love you lots !!

  143. Andrea

    August 30, 2012

    I voted in the poll! I found you through other book bloggers!

  144. Heidi C from Nice Girls Don't Read Naughty Books

    August 30, 2012

    I voted! : )

    This is such a tough debate! I have honestly started reading authors works, because all of the above reasons. Some authors I’ve found because I randomly met them at a book conference, some because they were doing a cross-promotion with an author I already enjoyed, and some just because I had very pleasant interaction with an author online. It’s all very random and hard to pin down. Sorry, Rachel I know that probably doesn’t help.

  145. Alba @BookPics

    August 30, 2012

    Even though on the poll I put Goodreads I already explained hehehe, on the post before this one, how I came to know about your books the first time :D

    So, either goodreads or book browsing on the internet :D

  146. Sam

    August 30, 2012

    I voted in the poll. I had to go with word of mouth, though really my college roommate just had Stray laying on her desk and I typically find myself drawn to any book that’s just laying around.

  147. Annmary

    August 30, 2012

    I saw your book while I was browsing through books to read on amazon. The first page caught my interest and I love it ever since

    • Annmary

      August 30, 2012

      I also Vote in the poll

  148. Costie

    August 30, 2012

    I voted! Word of mouth won me over with the Shifter series. I then became addicted and shifted to the Soul Screamers series and haven’ t looked back since!

  149. Teresa

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. For me, I did first find the Soul Screamers series through blogs, I don’t remember which one in particular, but I remember seeing the cover for Before I Wake and thinking “wow, that is gorgeous, I must read them.” Then I went and researched and that led me to the series.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 30, 2012

      Awesome, thanks! So you discovered SS through a blog, and very recently! That’s exactly what I was looking for. I just wish there were more like this. ;)

  150. Debbie W.

    August 30, 2012

    You don’t need to enter me in the contest, but wanted to let you know that I’ve entered. First found MStT in the library and was hooked for more. I think it also really helps to see them within the top 50 books on Goodreads lists such as for example, “YA books of 20__”, “Most Anticipated Paranormal YA Books” etc. I always look up the top 50 (or the first page of) books first on those lists and then check out others after.

  151. Zakiya

    August 30, 2012

    taken the poll! cannot wait for your next book!

  152. Jessica Etches

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll! You’re an awesome writer and I can not wait to keep the new stuff you’ve pushed!

  153. Ellie

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll.

    I first heard about your books from a book review blog, but I stopped reading book blogs a long time ago. Now I just follow the blogs of my favorite authors, and that’s generally how I find new books. When one of my favorite authors recommends a book, I usually check it out.

    For example, I discovered Simone Elkeles from one your YA recommendations a couple years ago. I’m still reading her books today. And I read Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade after you mentioned it during the YA Crush Tournament.

    So definitely author recommendations are one of my best sources for new books.

    Hope this helps!

  154. Hai-Yen Huynh

    August 30, 2012

    Hello Rachel! I took the poll by indicating that I first discovered your work by “word of mouth” but I’d like to clarify that it was one of the staff at a Chapters/Indigo store that highly recommended the Shifters series. I bought the whole series in a heartbeat and am glad I did as it is to this day one of my favorite series! Thank you for being an awesome writer! It is because of authors like yourself that make reading such a pleasure. Here’s to wishing you continued success!

  155. Jen @ Midnight Book Thief

    August 30, 2012

    Took the poll! One of those people who found your books through a brick and mortar bookstore- and I gotta say it was the cover that caught my attention! :)

  156. reading mind

    August 30, 2012

    Hi Rachel! I commented yesterday and took the pool today. I find this reserach very fascinating and I do hope you will share your results with us. it’s going to be very interesting to see how we all got to discover you!

  157. Jemzz

    August 30, 2012

    I’m not actual 100% sure, I cant remember if it was an amazon recommendation or if my sister found and recommended it, I think the later (voted this), but don’t know how she found it. grrr annoying lol – Most books i read are recommended by friends OR through amazon where i buy my books (kindle and paper)

    :D love your books

  158. Amy Halsall

    August 30, 2012

    I’ve voted too. I found Soul Screamers thanks to an Amazon recommendation. X

  159. Jessica S.

    August 30, 2012

    I did it! I found yours in the bookstore as well and have been buying everything you wrote ever since!

  160. Kathleen SB

    August 30, 2012

    i did the poll. I originally found Pride in a bookstore which got me interested in the Shifter series. I promisw i read them in order, i just had to be patient. I didn’t really look online regarding books, i didn’t even buy books online then. But i was curious about your other works so i looked online and boy was it a good decision. I think you were one of the gateway authors that got me interested in following blogs of my favourite authors and then being linked with their reccomendations or Goodreads recs. Online makes i so much easier to find new reads and see new reads by the authors you follow. But i still look in Brick and Mortar bookstores, just not as much as i pretty much know what there is, but there are always surprises!

  161. Melissa

    August 30, 2012

    I first found out about your books through a book swapping site and I was HOOKED. I am always looking forward to your work.

  162. Serena

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. And I guess I’m part of that small percentage because as soon as I finish a book that I love, I go to the author’s website and look for their other books. :D

  163. jamie c

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. Very interesting results!

  164. Jwb52z

    August 30, 2012

    I took the poll. :) I learned about your work first a few yaers ago when your first prequel novella for the Soul Screamers series was made free for the Kindle. I’ve been a fan ever since and will always be one. I can’t remember which free ebook listing site it was, but it was probably one called “Books on the Knob”, which is also a sort of blog about ebook offerings in general, not always free though, most of the time.

  165. Brandi

    August 30, 2012

    Hi! I took the poll today and commented yesterday… though I did want to add one thing…

    As I said yesterday I found you via the Kobo eBook store at basically the same time that my BFF suggested I read you as well. So, while those were my two methods of “discovering” you, as I was reading some of the comments today I wondered why you would have such a distaste for GoodReads?

    GoodReads is one of my favorite places to find new authors, keep track of the authors I have been following, make sure that I read series in order (Chapter, Kobo, Amazon, etc are all horrible for trying to figure out the proper order… especially with eBooks, GR lists them with a notation following the title so you know which order to read in) and while I rarely write reviews unless asked to by either the author or a friend, I love being able to direct people I know to my GR page and tell them to check it out for book suggestions.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 31, 2012

      I think GR is great for readers. But, frankly, it’s horrible for authors. GR lets people write “reviews” that have nothing to do with the book at all. Which is beyond ridiculous. Reviewers have no right to call authors names and/or talk about the authors’ personal lives. Those aren’t reviews, yet for years, GR let those stand. GR lets people make “hate lists,” which only exacerbates an existing problem and prolongs drama. I believe hate lists (of any kind) are abominable. On GR, people can review and rate books that haven’t even been written yet. Literally. I’ve received multiple ratings for several books before I’d even started the manuscript. And, a while back, GR used to “warn” me that responding to reviews could get my posts deleted. I’m an adult. I don’t need GR (or anyone else) policing my internet usage or telling me where and what I’m allowed to say. I would never, ever throw a fit over a bad review. Bad reviews are part of this job, and goodness knows I don’t love every book I’ve ever read. But GR took it upon itself to decide for me that I didn’t have the right to respond, instead of letting me make that decision for myself. So…I’m not a GR fan. Goodreads feels like a very unwelcome environment to me, and I don’t want to be where I’m not wanted.

      But, as I said, it seems to be a great resource for readers, so I’m glad someone’s getting good use out of it! ;)

      • Brandi

        September 2, 2012

        Thank you for your response! In light of what you have said, combined with my own GR experience, it makes total sense why you would have such a distaste for them. I too get frustrated by the reviews of books that haven’t even been published yet, and do find that while I do have several friends on GR whose opinions of novels I value, for the most part I use it only for my own purposes to keep track of what I have and have not read… I even use the iPhone app when I am in bookstores to make sure that I don’t already have a particular book at home already (usually happens when authors begin to rerelease titles, I’ll forget which titles I have read and just get excited to see a “new” book by a favourite author!)

        I am a newcomer to your blog (I actually stumbled over here from Goodreads) and I must say that I truly appreciate how you interact with your fans. Not everyone bothers to answers the questions put out by the people that devour their works, and it is very refreshing to see someone who does. So, thank you for the amazing reads, and for being a great interactive webhostess =)

  166. Shannon M

    August 31, 2012

    I voted in the poll.
    I love you Unbound Series.

  167. Margaret Cook

    August 31, 2012

    I kinda should have voted twice. I had seen your books listed on Amazon recommendations, but what made me want to read them was a blog review. I agree though that a lot of readers probably don’t have time for it.
    I lost my job six months ago so I’ve had more time to read blogs lately. I’ve enjoyed some blog tours this summer because it gave me a chance to check out new blogs. I’ll probably continue with a few of them when I go back to work, but I’m more likely to just keep up with the series and authors I’ve already started. I’m loving the Unbound series, so I’m glad I found it now when I had the time.

  168. Amber D.

    August 31, 2012

    Just took the poll (: Good luck to every one (:

  169. Amber @ Amber's Supernatural & YA Reviews

    August 31, 2012

    I found your book at the library is was the first soul screamer book, and once I started reading it, I had to find all that was available in the series at that time, I have now read the whole series of what is out and can’t wait to read your Unbound Series!!!Voted!!!

    Thanks
    Amber

  170. Fern

    August 31, 2012

    I took the poll =) I was looking though the book store one day and saw Stray on the shelf, read the blurb and loved it straight away. Awesome series! The Shifters series are my favourite books and I’m about to start re-reading them again for about the 4th time =) Happy to say you are one of my top all time favourite authors =)

  171. Nicole O

    August 31, 2012

    I took the poll! I love the Soul Screamers series! Thanks for the giveaway and the amazing stories you create!

  172. Tim McCoy

    August 31, 2012

    I was reading the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arture and while browsing through her sir=te I found links to other authors. Thought your shifters books sounded interesting, so I bough the first one. Then I had to spend the next few weeks scouring Brisbane to try and find the rest of them.

  173. Mag @ Geek Chic

    August 31, 2012

    I don’t see a poll…maybe that’s over, but if you’re interested I found your books through the YA Sisterhood’s first Crush Tourney last year :)

    AND I AM SO GLAD I DID.

    (Oh, and just FYI, I read Stray this week for the first time, too–very good :D)

  174. Pavan

    August 31, 2012

    HI!! I took the pole before but I hadn’t been able to comment till now because my Internet decided to turn evil on me!!

  175. Brandee

    August 31, 2012

    I think I missed the poll but I wanted to share…I found you on another author’s website (Kim Harrison, actually) about 3? years ago. And I’m so very happy I did because I LOVE your books. I’ve read them all – and have re-read them. =) I do tend to discover authors (lately) online – usually a blog (either an author’s or Goodreads). I work in a bookstore and I share all my favorite authors (including you!) with anyone who will listen. But even though I work in a bookstore, I tend to follow the “buzz” online.

  176. Shalynn

    September 1, 2012

    I took the poll. I absolutely love your books.

  177. Tami

    September 1, 2012

    I can’t find the poll? Is it over?
    When I first started my obsession with Y/A I would hunt the internet to find out if there was going to be other books in series that I liked. That is how I started following your blog. There were also about a dozen other Y/A authors I loved, but have gradually stopped reading their blogs, I think mainly because they would blog about totally obscure things that were not relevant to their books in the slightest. You are the only author I follow now. I always love reading your blogs.

  178. Kimberly

    September 3, 2012

    I took the poll last week and forgot to comment. Can’t wait to hear more about new projects!!

  179. Stephanie

    September 3, 2012

    Voted :) Found out about you on my library website :)

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