14 March 2010

Weekly Geeks 2010-08: Books vs Authors

Our Weekly Geeks task today posed by Bernadette of Reactions to Reading is whether there are two types of readers...those who stick to the books versus those who like to know more about the author's background, thoughts, motivations and writing process.

Among the questions she has asked:

Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?
This wasn't her first question but I thought I'd start here because it is the easiest for me to answer.
I often look up biographical information about authors. For example if I am writing a book review I like to look for the author website, see what I can find out about the author. Author websites often have book tasters on them as well as bio. details.
I also use biographical details in "Forgotten Books" one of the memes that I participate in regularly.
Not being able to find information about the author would not make me skip reading a book, but it certainly would raise my antennae.
Do you seek out interviews with authors of books you've enjoyed? Why or why not? 
Do you interview authors on your blog? If yes what did you gain from the interview process? If no is it because you don't want to or because you haven't felt able to ask an author yet?
The answer to both these questions is generally "no". I'm not a biographer, and I'd be too afraid that the questions I asked would be of minor interest to people who read my blog, and a bit tedious to the author.
 Have you hosted an author on a blog tour? Was it someone whose books you already read or did it introduce you to a new author?
I have been asked many times by promoters to host an author interview, and again my answer has been "no". It is just not something that interests me. I've even been asked to be part of a blog tour when the promoter doesn't want to send me a copy of the book, or I haven't read the book. I don't want my blog name associated with material I didn't write, or with an author whose work I haven't read.

Do you subscribe to the blogs of authors you like? Which ones? All the authors you like or only certain ones?
I couldn't follow the blogs of all the authors that I read, but I certainly do include some in my RSS reader. I'm not really interested in authors who only promote their own books. I want them to write regularly about crime fiction and to contribute to my knowledge of what is out there for me to read.

For example, here are 10 to check.


Rikki said...

I found your first answer very interesting. If I ever felt like tracking down an author I would probably find it odd, too, not to find any info, especially in times of the internet. There is just something out there about everybody. But in general I couldn't care less.

BooksPlease said...

I'm interested in authors too but generally don't read any author's interviews on blogs and I'm not interested in hosting an author interview on my blog either.

pussreboots said...

There are a few authors out there who run under the internet radar. It always seems odd to me especially for authors currently publishing books. Thanks for stopping by my weekly geeks.


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