I’ve recently come across a few first-in-a-series books that I absolutely adored. So much so, that had there been any more in the series (or any more by that author at all), I would have gone right out and bought them! Unfortunately, they have all been not only a first in the series, but a first book ever for these authors.
So with no way to easily track when the next book would come out, it got me to thinking. What do all of you do? I’ve followed them on GoodReads, and added them to my Amazon favorite authors section in the hopes that I’ll get an e-mail or some such if they have another book out. And once the books are published (these have all been eARCs….) I’ll be buying a physical copy in the hopes that I’ll see and remember to look the authors up again later.
But knowing me, and knowing that it will be at least a year or more before another book comes out… There is a very good chance I will totally forget about them. Even if I happen to see the sequel up on NetGalley, I may or may not remember having read the first book since I won’t remember the author name at that point.
I tell myself that “of course I’ll remember! I loved the book!“. Or that I’ll go back through my 4-5 star ratings and see if any of the authors have new stuff out. But I know myself too well. I’m highly unlikely to get around to sorting back through my ratings just to check up on authors. And with my blonde-brain, I’m not likely to remember an author name unless I have multiple books from them. (And even then, I may not twig to it right away!)
I even sent in a feature request to NetGalley back the end of May. Asking them if they’d ever set up a way to favorite authors the way we can favorite publishers. You know how you can do that, and then they show up in the Favorite Publishers list when looking for new books to request? Wouldn’t that be awesome to be able to do with authors? Especially for forgetful people like me? *laughs* The Community Manager liked the idea and said he’d submit it to consideration. But I’m not holding my breath about it.
How do you remember authors to come back to? DO you remember, or is it just a happy coincidence if you stumble upon another book by an author you really liked? Do you have a special shelf somewhere that you keep books on to remind you to stalk that author for more? Or do you not bother and figure if you find another book at some future point great, but if not at least you read one book?