Monday, February 05, 2007

MaryJanice Davidson GuestBlog: It Ain't Necessarily So


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Romance isn't necessarily romance.

No, really! For instance, I write the Undead and Unwed series, about a former secretary-turned-vampire, and my many male readers are mega-irked that they have to shop for those books in the romance section. And the men aren’t the only ones. I’ve gotten more e-mails than I can count which begin, “I don’t read romance novels, but…” Or, “I was on the way to the toilet when I saw your book on the counter and, having no choice, read it and actually liked it.” Like it’s shameful. A shameful multi-billion dollar business. People don’t apologize for loving fashion, which is also one of the largest billion-dollar industries on the planet. But there’s something about romance…

Nope, nothing is as it seems. My husband and I wrote a young adult novel, JENNIFER SCALES AND THE ANCIENT FURNACE (out now), which did so well, and received so many fan mails from folks of all ages, that our publisher decided to re-release it (and the sequel) as Fantasy books. No longer stranded by Harry Potter, now Jennifer is in the Fantasy section where anybody can find her (like the poor were-dragon/soccer star doesn’t have enough problems). So not only isn’t romance necessarily romance, your audience will decide if your book is a young adult, or not. Ours told us ‘no way, idiots’. And we agreed.

I have a solo project, DOING IT RIGHT (out now). This was a book I didn’t think much of when I wrote it five years ago as an e-book. To my amazement, every person who has read it just RAVES about it. To say I was shocked would be putting it mildly. So our final lesson? Mediocre isn’t necessarily mediocre. Your readers will tell you. If you’re smart, you’ll listen.


Questions, questions? Here’s one for you guys: when you’re browsing in a book store, what do you look for? What grabs your attention? The cover? The back flap copy? The author’s name? A friend’s recommendation?

--MaryJanice Davidson
www.maryjanicedavidson.net
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76 comments:

amy*skf said...

Yay! I'm the first--MJD, I seriously cannot tell you how many people I have told to read Betsy, she kills me. Thank you.

Michelle, the new site! Yay! It's bella beautiful and so easy to get around--love the lexicon of love, love it all.

amy*skf said...

Okay, I had to get that first comment out of the way before someone snuck on before me.

Covers, of course grab me, Michelle's recommendations, bella's recs along with guest authors--so I usually know what I'm going for, but of course things alway jump out at me.

I do love to just walk all over a book store and browse, I work in a library and am surrounded by books (also weirdos on porn sites) but the books are what I love, so I can spend a ridiculous amount of time in a book store--and I never know what will grab me.

MaryKate said...

Hi MaryJanice! What a wonderful treat to have you here with us!

Well, Michelle can tell you, I'm a humungous dork when it comes to what I'm going to buy. I maintain a list of books I'm going to buy with author's names and release dates. I keep it in my wallet, and then when I go to the bookstore, I pick up what I can.

When I'm going through a dry spell, I cruise the covers and to some extent the back cover copy, but a lot of times I find that it's not very well written and can often be misleading. I definitely go off recommendations from other readers, especially the Bellas, and to some extent I go off of reviews from AAR, but it has to be a reviewer whose reading tastes match mine.

Now, a question for you: what romance authors do you enjoy? Do you read within your genre? Or avoid it? Do you have any recommendations for us on authors whose work we should be checking out?

Thanks for joining us today! I can't wait to see what the conversation brings!

ev said...

Welcome MJD!!!! I love the Undead series, they are one of the few I also do on audio, even after reading the books. I know I get strange looks when I have my iPod on and am laughing. Did that a year ago on our cruise with the newest (at the time) release. Made all the other passangers avoid me!!

for me it is a combination of things- definately my fav authors, suggestions here and on Plotmonkeys and a couple other sites, the covers can do it along with the publications that are put out that I pickup all the time. I don't think there is any one thing, for me, that I look for everytime.

But then just plain browsing for hours is the best part. It's what I miss most about working in a bookstore.

Barbara said...

Well, I guess all that matters to me in someway. I might try a new author is the cover is catchy or if it has a good blurb. I will definitely buy one of my favorites authors no matters what the cover says or looks it.

Shannon said...

MJD, I love your books! I have read all of the undead series and am patiently, ok not so patiently actually biting my nails and going stircrazy, for the new one. Anyways, onto your question... I look for authors that I know, ones I have read blurbs about on the internet, and then at the bookstores I usually get intrigued by covers. Especially yours... that is how I started reading you, I was in the library and saw the first undead book and since I love vampire fiction I had to get it. I haven't stopped reading you since. Ok, I will stop babbling now. Have a great day MJD and Everyone else too!

Teresa said...

Hello MaryJanice, have read the entire Undead series. When I go to a book store I usually look up my favorite authors first. I also check out the new releases. I must admit that the cover of a book is something I notice right away if it is a book by an author I've never read before. If the cover catches my attention than I read to see what the book is about.

Playground Monitor said...

Sheesh! We get to start the comments thread with Amy and her fangrrl moment. *g*

I usually go by an author's name and friends' recommendations. The best book can sometimes have the worst cover so that never influences me. Well... a particularly snazzy one might make me pick up the book, but if the back blurb doesn't catch me and reading the first few pages doesn't hook me, then the book goes back on the shelf.

I'll have to admit I haven't read any of your books, but the Bellas' recommendations are normally right on target so... *sigh*... another book on the TBR pile. *g*

Marilyn

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, MJD!!! I'm so glad you came to play with us today. :o)

I usually go into a bookstore with a book in mind otherwise I'm like a kid in a candy store and I just won't leave until I've broken the bank. The Bellas give so many great recs that having something in mind whether it's a specific title or an awesome author is not a problem.
On the off chance that my mind goes blank (no comment needed) on either, I guess the title would be the first to jump out at me. I then read the back flap. After all, it's all about the story on the inside. :O)

Maggie Robinson said...

I've got Valentine's Day is Killing Me in my TBR pile and I guess I'd better hurry up and read it before the "season" passes!

Like most of the ladies above, I'm usually pretty informed when I go to the bookstore, but I'm always looking to expand my horizons. A good back cover blurb is key...it will often counterpunch the ridiculous clinch on the front cover. If an author I respect has a "Buy this book cuz it's almost as good as mine!" endorsement on the front, that might influence me too.

Amy S. said...

The cover usually grabs my attention. Then I read the blurb on the back to decide to get it or not. I also have autobuy authors that I look for their books too and look for books that a friend has recommended.

Vivi Anna said...

Hi MJD!!!

When I browse, the cover and title catch my eye first. If it looks like a paranormal cover I'll pick it up and read the back cover. Then I'll make my decision.

But I do most of my browsing on Amazon, through their recommendations or ads I saw around the internet. I'll check it out there, then take a list with me to the bookstore.

amy*skf said...

Hey, I forgot, if I love an author and she's (or he's) got a killer blurb on the cover of a different author, and you can tell it was sincere...that can make me pick it as well.

What can I say, Marilyn? fangrrrl.

I first read MaryJanice in a short story format, was introduced to Betsy, and then began the Undead series--lurve them.

I have a question for MJD--what was it like writing a book with your husband?

amy*skf said...

Well Marilyn, I re-read my first comment and it was a bit over the top.

Gushing over the top.

But I was so darned excited about MJD and Michelle's new site. It seems much easier to me to get from the review to the author view, etc.

LizeeS said...

Good morning Bellas and welcome MJD. I'm a newbie to your writing which sounds so smart and funny, I can't wait to read it all. I'm always so glad for the recommendations here on RBTB - I've not been steered in a wrong direction yet!

Sadly, I am very much a Judge A Book By Its Cover girl (which is different from a Cover Girl by a long shot). The cover attracts me and then the back "synopsis" (the longer the better) either seals the deal or makes me go on to read the excerpt inside. A big name author's blurb might make a difference, but usually I know everyone has different tastes so a ringing endorsement isn't a must. Sometimes, you just hit the jackpot by browsing and being shallow about looks!

EXCEPT, MICHELLE - SPEAKING OF LOOKS - The new site is fabulous and not shallow at all! Truly, I'm pleased for your move and think it's going to be great. Way to go.
Lizee

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello MJD,

It's great to see you here with us. Doing It Right looks so good. I love the cover very *HOT*

When I am browsing a book store it's usually a cover that grabs me. I love adorable & hot covers. If the covers look good to me I do read the blurbs. I even ask my friends & family which authors or good and so I do look up the authors and read more about there books onine.

I always enjoy reading excerpts after I read an excerpt if it grabs my attention I do go and buy the books *G*

There are covers I have come across that aren't that great but the story line sounded very good to me so I bought the book.

It's usually the blurb and the story plot that grabs my attention.

Happy Love Month Everyone :-)

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Cryna said...

Welcome..

When I go into a bookstore, I usually have a list of books that intend to buy. But if a cover catches my eye, I will pick it up and look it over. I will read the back blurb and if it twigs my interest, I will add it to my already bulging list. I have shopped for books because of recommendations made here. Usually ones on my list are autobuys - but I never seem to stick to my list - I forever seem to add to my stack, because of something that has caught my eye while I was looking....

Lois said...

That would be the back cover. :) Author names, I usually know when going into the store if an author I read is coming out and when, so I don't actively look for that, but nearly purely what the book is about for me! :)

Lois

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle, I just want to tell you how *terrific* the new site is. YAY, YOU!!! :o)

Cherie said...

Hi! So good to have you here. I was not aware you had a young adult novel. I will have to look for it now that I am aware. I love the cover and it sounds like something my niece would enjoy. Although, to be honest I would probably read it as well even though I am no longer a "young adult". :-)

As for what draws me to a book, it is usually the cover. I usually have a list of books I am already interested in purchasing but once in awhile I will deviate from the list if something catches my eye. I will pick it up and read the back and then skim the inside. If I like the way it sounds I will then buy the book.

Cherie Japp

traveler said...

I love your novels! I always check out the covers and then the author, but I definitely read the back cover of the book to verify if that book is really what interests me the most. I do not judge the book by its cover, since it could lead me astray. Your website is awesome.

alissa said...

Many times I am checking for a specific author and her books so the cover is not that important although a unique one can catch my eye. I will, though, always read the blurb which tells you the book subject and that is the important material for me.

Lila Dubois said...

I always go into the bookstore with a list of authors or books I simply MUST buy.

This usually flies out the window when I, magpie like, start snatching up any book I see with a cover I like.

After carrying around the books for a while, and after finding the things I am actually looking for, I colapse in a big chair with all the books and read the first chapters. Many of the cover-based pick-ups are lost at this stage, but usually a good cover can get me to pick up a book.

Painted guys in kilts posed with half clad girls with aburn tresses streaming in the wind are an automatic no.

joelle said...

Cover artwork is always compelling but it doesn't mean I will read the novel.I have to have an interest in the book itself and learn what it is about by reading the back cover and checking out the author as well. Love your new website. Love your books.

pearl said...

When I go to the bookstore I take my time browsing through various selections of authors whom I read. I then read the blurb on the back to familiarize myself with the storyline. But I am always looking at attractive and special covers which I deem special.

sharon said...

I love walking around the bookshelves to see if specific authors are there and then I start to get serious about the books. I check out the blurb and then the cover has an appeal as well but I do not base the choice soley upon the cover but on my taste and mood that day.

ellie said...

Your website is great! I enjoy many author's books and covers are always interesting to browse through but I am mostly looking out for the book that will interest me and hook me immediately so I read the back cover for that. I enjoy the variations in the cover artwork that is available now.

amy*skf said...

Okay, here's my irritation with the back blurb--if I know I'm buying the book, because of the author or the series etc, I won't read the back cover or the inside flap--because sometimes it gives away the good parts.

I really really hate when the good parts are revealed.

JT said...

Hello MJD,

I have to admit that I am a fly by the seat of my pants book shopper. I love to cruise the book titles and if one grabs my attention, I will then read the back cover blurb. However if the cover isn't sexy or fun, I am less likely to read the back cover blurb.

Dr. Bill Emener said...

Michelle,
I love the way you include the book covers!
Interestingly, last week I was putting together a document for a cover designer for my next novel (viz, suggesting my thoughts regarding a cover design). I went to a bookstore and spent over an hour looking at book covers. One of the thoughts that kept running through my head was: what I like and what appeals to me AND what potential readers might like and what appeals to them, may not be the same thing. Ugh!
Bill

Anonymous said...

What catches me when browsing in a book store is the back cover. That little snipet of info about the book has to be good or I don't usually buy it. If that is good then I usually buy it. I am trying to think if I have ever bought a book soley on the cover. I don't think so though.

Kelly F.

principessa said...

I can get so involved in a bookstore so I limit myself to author's who are of interest to me and then I check out the back cover for the pertinent information. But I still love to browse through so many other selections and covers that appeal to me just because I love to do that type of thing. Books are an endless fount of fun and a time consuming enjoyment.

flip said...

There is no science to it. If it is a favorite writer; I will probably buy the book. I look for interesting books on the internet. I get recommendations from friends. I really like the favorite lists on amazon. You find someone with similar tastes. I love to browse at bookstores. I looke at covers and read back blurbs.

I haven't read your Jennifer books yet. But my 16 year old daughter loves them. I am finding a lot of so called YA books are really, really good.

Maureen said...

I look for authors that I know when I'm in a bookstore but I'll also check out books covers from authors I've never heard of. The blurb on the book gives me an idea if I'll like the story.

Lis said...

Usually look for authors I like, covers that grab my attention or back blurbs that sound good. If they do then I'll look at the first page. Didn't used to do that but after picking up two books I couldn't get more than a chapter through, its now a habit :) Thanks to the internet and blogs, I probably read more new to me authors then I ever did before

Anonymous said...

I usually know what I'm going to buy before I get to the store but NAMES of favorite authors seem to jump out at me and try to get in my cart. By then I'm hooked and interesting titles catch my attention, then the covers, blurbs. By now I'm about an hour behind schedule....

Karen B

Billie said...

Like MaryKate, I have my list of favorites that I check first to see if anyone has a new book out. If there is nothing new out by any of them,then I just browse through the rest until a cover catches my eye. If the blurb on the back sounds appealing then I will probably give the book a try--this is how I found your books, Mary Janice, so now your name has been added to my list.

Jennifer Y. said...

When you’re browsing in a book store, what do you look for? What grabs your attention? The cover? The back flap copy? The author’s name? A friend’s recommendation?

I usually know what I am looking for, but if I don't know then the covers may grab my attention and the author's name which may lead to me picking up the book. However, I base my purchases on the back flap copy or blurb and will read a page or two to see if it sounds interesting. I care more about the story than the packaging.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and your Jennifer books sound interesting!

Marg said...

I tend to go into a bookstore already knowing what I am planning to buy and that is usually as a result of either being an autobuy author, or as a result of recommendations.

Pamk said...

I usually have a wishlist and then I browse and it is the cover or artist name or back flap all that can catch my attention. One of the ones on my tbb list is your Jennifer scales book. I think my teen, tween, and myself both will enjoy this one.

CrystalG said...

I think it is a combination of cover, author's name and back flap copy that attracts my attention.

robynl said...

Hello and welcome MJD. Great to have you here.
A book cover grabs my attention for sure. As do the excerpts, back cover blurb, etc. But to me, book covers are a work of art usually. I love the color, the scene/picture of someone and when getting into the book finding out how the cover relates so often to the story.

MaryJanice Davidson said...

Hi, gang! Let's see, hopefully I'll cover everyone's questions...for me, the cover is first, followed by the back copy. And if you as a reader get irritated when they give away spoilers in the flap copy, imagine how it feels to be the author and see they've given away YOUR BIG SURPRISE in the first paragraph on the back of the book! Arrrggghhh!

Ahem. Writing with my husbad is awesome. He thinks up the plots and does the outlines, I take the dialogue-heavy chapters, he takes the description-heavy chapters, and we both edit each others work. Not to mention, we've been writing together since our honeymoon (13 years ago!) so this is actually very comfortable for us.

As far as what I read, I have my auto-buys like everyone else (Carl Hiaason, Andrew Vachss, Ann Rule, etc.). I actually try to stay away from my genre because I'd hate to be "inspired" by someone else's hard work, if you get what I mean. In fact, the whole reason I started writing was because I couldn't find any funny vampire books about modern girls on the shelves. Nowadays, it's not at all difficult to find books like that!

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words about my (our) books! If I missed any questions, I suck.

catslady said...

I too have my autobuys and always pay attention to friend's recommendations. If I'm just browsing for something/anything the cover has to get my attention and/or the title and then I read the back blurb. I really wish the author always had control of titles, covers and blurbs.

I have to be honest and say I haven't read you as yet, but your books sound very interesting :)

ev said...

Daughter forced me, almost by gunpoint, to stop at Border's on the way home from her class. So, I had to buy the new book. And add it to the ever growing, but seldom diminishing, TBR pile.

Maria, Lover of All Things Romance said...

I pick up books for all kind of reasons. Auto buy authors, cool covers, the back cover blurb, reviews etc.

Aisling said...

I tend to go on the authors' names and the publisher

Mary J said...

I love to browse through bookstores seeing if anything catches my fancy. Maybe a beautiful cover or a catchy title

katie said...

Typically, there are certain authors I always read.....if there is an anthology with several authors, that's how I get introduced to a new author (unless, there is a review of a book that just strikes me or I have heard of the book in several places).

MD said...

A lot of it for me is recommendations and the authors. I don't pay any attention to the back flaps or the covers

Manda said...

Hi MJD! I got hooked on the Betsy series last year and LOVE them! So much fun and the perfect antidote to a bad day is a Betsy book, a glass of wine and a hot tub!

As for the bookstore, I'm not a very organized person when it comes to book shopping. I might check up on what's coming out from my favorites but when I get to the store I tend to browse a bit before I get down to business and by the ones I came for. I'd like to say I'm not drawn by covers, but that would be a big fat lie. There are some covers for books I knew nothing about that kept drawing me to them, and when I finally bought them I loved them. They were Diane Gaston's THE IMPROPER WIFE and Hope Tarr's VANQUISHED.

Sue A. said...

Hi MJD! It's great to have you here!

I enjoy looking at the covers of romance books. But I try not to judge a book by its cover. From what I've read many author have no or little say on the covers chosen for their books so it's almost unfair to judge a book by its cover. And I often find covers can misrepresent a book. An example would be where a couple shown on a cover does not match the author's discription.

QUESTION: MJD what has been your experience with the covers chosen for your books. Do you have much say in what's picked? Which is your favorite? Or least favorite?

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello MJD,

Not sure if this was asked but if so sorry. I want to know do you have a say in what you want on your covers? I love your covers :-)

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Rachael said...

A great cover definetely gets my attention. A quote from an author I love, helps too. I like bold colors and a nice sized font in the book. The book must have a decent size font.

Joyce said...

The authors that are auto-buys, nothing matters, I get them no matter what. If you are talking an unknown (to me) author then it's the cover (which conveys the spirit of the story), the back blurb, and the first page.

Cathy said...

I agree with Joyce. If an author makes my auto buy list, it doesn't matter what the outside looks like, as long as the quality of the writing remains good. I have found most new authors from excerpts on the various sites I visit. Covers tend to be pretty subjective, but the back blurb and first page are important lures and need to capture my attention.

KimW said...

Hi MJD! I got your book, Doing It Right, recently from the book club. I'm looking forward to reading it.

I usually go to the bookstore with a list of books that I want and buy using that. That's made up of recommendations from friends, auto-buy authors and books I've read excerpts on. I will often pick up a book that has a cover that draws me in, but then I usually write down the title and go home and read more about it before deciding to buy.

Liz said...

I usually look for author names, covers grab me too read the blurb
I usually take index cards with me of list of books I want from seeing excerpts in the groups

Stacy~ said...

MJD, it's fabulous to have you here!

I'm glad you asked this question - I discovered "Undead and Unwed" by browsing the bs (that's bookstore, not bull****) and the cover caught my eye. I read the back blurb and just had to have the book. I can't remember laughing so hard in ages. So those spontaneous moments do pay off, big-time.

But I also go with recs from friends who have similar tastes too. MK here is a total book pimp and has been guilty of nearly bankrupcting me on several occasions, God love her.

MaryKate said...

MK here is a total book pimp and has been guilty of nearly bankrupting me on several occasions, God love her.


*blushes* well...yeah. I *do* recommend a lot of books, but only cause, well, no one else listens to all my gushing. LOL!

Loisc said...

lol My niece usually buys the books and I borrow hers. She works and since I am on social security she is nice enough to lend me hers. I do occasionally buy them and I give her gc's for her bday and xmas.

Stacy~ said...

Not true MK - we listen! I know a lot of us here take your recs seriously, especially when you are so persuasive LOL. Using words like "evocative" and talking up those yummy heroes. Believe me, we're listening ;)

Adriana said...

all of the above! Usually when I'm in a store I have a list of authors I'm browsing or sometimes a specific book I'm looking for ~ how I get new ones is great places like this blog, so now I have a huge new list to take shopping since I haven't read MJD, looks like a wonderful treat! Covers, too, but blurbs more than covers, and if I still can't decide I'll read a page or two (or three...) and see if it grabs me.

Now I've got to go check out the new website...

Adriana

Jennifer Y. said...

Not true MK - we listen! I know a lot of us here take your recs seriously, especially when you are so persuasive LOL. Using words like "evocative" and talking up those yummy heroes. Believe me, we're listening ;)

I agree!

Jennifer Y. said...

This may have been mentioned, and I am sorry if it has, but how many "Undead" are there? Just wondering! I don't believe that I have read any of them...I do have a few of your anthologies though.

Jennifer Y. said...

Okay...so that was supposed to say "Undead" books...sorry.

Jen in WA said...

Another MJD fan delurking to say hi!

I like how lizees put it. I'm also a Judge the Book by the Cover person. The cover or title will make me pick it up and learn more about the book.

Most of the time, I go to the bookstore with a book in mind and then browse if I have time.

ReadingAddict1 said...

I'm one of those that stand there reading the blurbs on the back of the book and if that isn't enough then I read a few pages.

readingissomuchfun said...

I want to say thank you to MJD for being here with us. This was a wonderful topic you brought up. I look forward to reading your books.

Happy Love Month To You All!

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Julie in Ohio said...

OMG!!! Did MK *really* say that no one listens to her recs?!?!?!

MK, darling- Would you like to take a gander at my credit card statement? All the ones marked Amazon were not idle purchases. They were forced by a special pimp who said that I just *had* to read it. And I don't regret any one of them. {{{BIG HUGS}}}


To round out the romance toting pimps, Miss Stacy and Queen Michelle are also excellent sources of recs. I take all of them to heart and boy does my keeper shelf feel it. It's starting to bow in the middle. :o)

ladycat said...

Since I read mostly historical romances I look on the cover only to find which books are possibly historicals otherwise I don't pay attention to the cover when choosing a book because they are usually not an accurate representation of the story. I rely mostly on the blurbs on the back. I try to read some of the excerpts before I buy a new-to-me author to see if her "voice" is one that I'll enjoy reading. ~Cat

kim said...

the author first because i always go to their sites and i check out the books there

kim said...

any winners for janelle and julie blogs?

MaryJanice Davidson said...

Ironically, given that I judge a book by its cover, I don't have much input on my covers. My editor tends to call and say, "I'm going into a cover art meeting in five minutes. Any ideas?" I usually freeze like a deer in the headlights.

For the Undead books, the artist often takes her cue from the title (e.g. UNDEAD AND UNEMPLOYED features Betsy the Vampire Queen sitting cross-legged on a coffin, reading the want ads).

I've been very fortunate in that I have adored, no exaggeration, ADORED, every single one of my Berkley and Brava covers. My faves are the Betsy covers, but I've loved them all. I have zero artistic talent, so I'm in awe of anyone who can convey the concept of a 300 page book in one picture.

Also, there are 5 Undead books currently in print. UNDEAD ADN UNWED, UNDEAD AND UNEMPLOYED, UNDEAD AND UNAPPREICATED, UNDEAD AND UNRETURNABLE, and UNDEAD AND UNPOPULAR. The fifth, out in June 2007, is UNDEAD AND UNEASY.

The cover? Check it out on my website: it's Betsy in full bridal regalia, standing next to...an empty coffin. Perfect, given the plot of the book. You can get more gory details (no pun intended) at my website, www.maryjanicedavidson.net.

Hope this helps!

MaryJanice Davidson said...

Argh! Sorry about the typo's; I was up all night. Had my wisdom teeth pulled Tuesday and was having some discomfort. Still, no excuse not to use spell check!