A beautiful cover is a great way to attract my attention and a wonderful blurb will have me wanting to read an excerpt but if you’ve ever worked in a bookstore or library you know the importance of having to categorize a book so that customers or patrons will be able to find their favorite romance, mystery, thriller or horror story.
But what if a book contains multiple elements? Libraries and brick and mortar stores have the problem of deciding where to physically shelve a book that might contain more than one genre but with online sites the use of tags provides yet another clue that allows the reader to see whether the paranormal romance they’re looking at includes comedy, mystery, horror or suspense elements.
All of my published books are erotic romances but a couple of them could also be described as action/adventure, mystery and/or suspense. I have no doubt all of them would be shelved in the erotic section of a physical book store but online, the tags that readers give them allow a broader description and I believe a much better idea of what to expect.
As a reader, have you checked the tags on Amazon or ARe or any of the other sites that encourage tags to see if a book might interest you? Have you ever tagged a book that you liked? What about authors? Do you think having readers tag your books helps potential readers become future fans?
As an author who hasn’t been promoting as much as I probably should, I’m grateful for the expanded coverage. You can find the tags for “Assassin’s Kiss”, my first paranormal shape/shifter novel at several places these days and if they make your dress fly up, you’ll be happy to know that they’re on sale at Ellora’s Cave ($.99), Amazon and All Romance e-books (ARe) ($1.49).
And for a little something extra, I’ll leave you with the video that I made for “Assassin’s Kiss”. Once again, many thanks to Les Byerly for the beautiful cover that I continue to ogle:). Until next month,
Ellora’s Cave: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7641-assassins-kiss.aspx