Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge.
Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
(then write a little analysis about your decision)
This week with the overcast English sky, I extended my book search to the Australian Outback.
Life growing up in outback Queensland was tough in the 1930’s. Ruth Ann Jellet should know, she lived it. In Against The Flow she recalls the hardship and memories of a Queensland long gone. She recalls a life lived on the river, of rabbit fences and Model Ts. Of a family that survived against the odds. Against the Flow is her first book, an improbable family history captured before her 80th Birthday.
Price; £0.99 Kindle or $1.53
Would I BUY or PASS?…. I would BUY
This cover stood out against many other travel books to do with the outback. I liked the calm still water and the golden writing, with the tinges of orange peeking over the riverbank suggesting heat and the Australian harshness. This era appeals and the idea of real life memories offers escape from the English autumn days and dark evenings. No reviews bothers me slightly and perhaps suggests the author has not pushed to market her work, the book was published in 2014 by MadHouse Media, but they don’t look like they have anything to do with the marketing. As the author is around 80 years old, I expect this book is the result of a wish to write and publish a book as a celebration of her life. Still it has piqued my interest.
Here are links to other bloggers taking part in this weeks challenge
Shelley is back in the school playground http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/11/06/would-you-buy-or-pass-a-year-in-the-life-of-a-playground-mother-fridayfivechallenge/
Cathy has found a Paranormal book to cheer up Autumn http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2015/11/06/fridayfivechallenge-autumns-blood-by-marissa-farrar-buy-or-pass-paranormal-shapeshifter/comment-page-1/#comment-3167
Alison is thinking ahead to December https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/fridayfivechallenge-december-by-elizabeth-h-winthrop-rosieamber1/comment-page-1/#comment-1608
Liz has been looking at British History https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/fridayfivechallenge-7/comment-page-1/#comment-351