If you’re an avid reader like me, you’re bound to have a lot of favorite authors. There are some authors whose work that I love so much that I don’t even need to read the blurb of the next book to know that I will be purchasing it. This is what we call “autobuy authors”. They are the authors who you love above all others and are willing to spend the money to get their books at all cost. Today I will be sharing my small autobuy author list and what it takes for an author to make it on this coveted list.
It takes a lot for me to put an author on my autobuy list. A few years back, I used to have a lot more authors on my autobuy list. But as time went on and I continued to read more books, a lot of them have been kicked off over the years because they just don’t do it for me anymore. If I haven’t enjoyed their last three or four books, then sadly, they get cut from the list. I don’t want to be wasting my time and money on a book I’m no longer sure I’m going to enjoy.
As of this moment, I only have four authors have stayed on my autobuy list in the last few years and those authors include Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward, J.D. Robb, and Sue Grafton. As you can see, they vary in genres and writing styles, which is what I enjoy about them the most. These for me are the authors that I don’t really need to think about. I just know that I will be enjoying their books no matter what. Their writing and worldbuilding just mesh well with my style of reading and I can always count on them to deliver a thrilling read.
So what have these authors done to make it to my autobuy list? Well, I’ll tell you…
Not everyone makes it because then I would be spending a lot of money every month. So for an author to make it on my autobuy list, they have to have impressed me enough times that I feel confident that their next book will be a guaranteed good read. This means that if I were to rate their previous books, it should be at least a high four or five star read. It’s this consistency that is important for me because if I’m going to purchase a book blindly, I want to at least make sure that I’m on the same page as the author. With a consistent high rating from me, I at least know that I mesh well with their writing style and world.
Similarly, these are the authors that I can read in print or ebook form and audiobook. The fact that they have multiple formats to enjoy their books makes it easier for me to keep up with. As my life changes, so does my schedule. This means that maybe for one release, I can read the print book. But perhaps with the next one, I will listen to the audio. I know not every author has control over audiobooks, but it’s nice to have that option available if possible. I’m more likely to keep up with a series if it’s available in various formats for me to enjoy.
And lastly, characterization is important for me. While I love a good book with amazing worldbuilding, if I don’t connect with the main characters, I won’t keep coming back for me. With the authors I’ve listed above, you’ll see that some follow the same characters over the course of the series whereas others feature a new couple with every book. Regardless of that, a deep connection with the character is something that is important for me because if done well, I’ll be intrigued enough to want to know what happens in the next book. So for me, it’s integral for me to have some sort of connection with the characters to want to care about what happens next. No connection = no pre-order. That’s really what it comes down to.
I’m curious to know what criteria you have for your autobuy authors. Who are the special authors who have made your autobuy list? And what does it take for you to give up on an author and take them off the list? Leave your answers below!