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Mesg #91477 "Author bios."
Author Weird Jim     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Sun Sep-02-12 03:22 PM
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Do you read author bios? If so, do you do it before you buy or borrow a book by an author you haven't previously read? Do you think bios influence readers to either buy or borrow a book? I sometimes read them to exclude. What in a bio will influence you either way?

Weird Jim

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RE: Author bios., Erin_M_H, Sep 02nd 2012, #1
RE: Author bios., bonniers, Sep 02nd 2012, #2
RE: Author bios., macaroni_thief, Sep 03rd 2012, #8
RE: Author bios., Linda Adams, Sep 03rd 2012, #3
RE: Author bios., Erin_M_H, Sep 03rd 2012, #4
RE: Author bios., Linda Adams, Sep 03rd 2012, #6
      RE: Author bios., Erin_M_H, Sep 03rd 2012, #7
RE: Author bios., bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #5

Mesg #91478 "RE: Author bios."
Author Erin_M_H     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Sun Sep-02-12 05:02 PM
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I read bios if I've enjoyed a book so much I need to jeep reading it even though I've hit the end. Actually, I only remember one bio that I've read for certain -- Harlan Ellison's, something to tge effect of he's a 6'4" black basketball player who will pound the man writing stories under his name if he ever figures out who it is.

Which is probably why I wrote my bio and have left it alone aside from tweaks for sales or changes in status.

-- Erin

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Mesg #91479 "RE: Author bios."
Author bonniers     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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Date Sun Sep-02-12 08:45 PM
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I don't tend to read bios before I decide whether to read a book, but I do like to read them after, to find out a little something about the author. I like humor, but some of them get a bit snarky and come across as the author not having respect for the reader. I really like it when the author says something about why they wrote that particular story, or the genre or issue that grabs them, or otherwise sheds light on what I just read.

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Mesg #91498 "RE: Author bios."
Author macaroni_thief     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Sep-03-12 11:15 PM
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I usually read the bio after I'm finished with the book and I'm curious enough to stalk the author learn more. If the bio is lame, it's usually not a deal breaker when I'm bookstore browsing. However, if the bio is full of personality and wit, it may tip me more toward buying (if I bother to read the bio blurb).

I have to admit that I like the snarky and funny bios. Rob Thurman and Gail Carriger both have bios that are pretty funny.


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Author Linda Adams     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Sep-03-12 06:55 AM
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Actually, it depends.

If it's a craft book on writing, I do look at the bio before I purchase. For a while, there were a lot of non-fiction writers dashing off craft books on fiction writing. They didn't write fiction at all, but they were lecturing fiction writers and moi on how to do it? I started doing this after I got one of those 'write a book in 30 days' books, and the author inserted a really weird technique that made my eyes cross and think, "Do you know what you're talking about?" Flip, flip, flip. Bio: Non-fiction only.

Generally though, I only look at the bio when I get to in the course of reading the book.

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Mesg #91483 "RE: Author bios."
Author Erin_M_H     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Author Linda Adams     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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It was something that was supposed to deal with the problems of filling up the middle of the story. Her solution was for the author to insert another story with same characters into the middle, follow it for a few chapters, and then resolve it and return to the main story. Like, we're in the middle of the story, so let's stop for three chapters and have a romance, then we'll stop and get back to the story and pretend like nothing happened. Not like a subplot, but more like just adding extra pages to fill space.

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Author Erin_M_H     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Heh. Sounds like some TV shows. But not good for a novel, no.

-- Erin

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Author bonniers     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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Good point. Yes, for nonfiction, I definitely check the bios, and probably do a bit of research on the author's professional credentials as well.

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