Discussion: Auto-Buy Authors

Auto-buy authors are actually a pretty simple concept: you really like an author so when their latest work comes out you automatically buy it whether or not you’re really interested in the genre/topic/characters/etc.  I personally have a couple of auto-buy authors.

John Heldt isn’t technically an auto-buy so much as an auto-review author for me.  He’s contacted me to review all five of his books in the Northwest Passage series and it isn’t even a question of me accepting any longer.  Basically he’s an auto-review author, one that I’ll finish his current series and automatically request a review copy for his next series.  I have several indie/relatively unknown authors like that, to be honest and it would take forever to name them all.  Some other notable ones are Diantha Jones, Carla J. Hanna, Katie Hamstead, Terah Edun, K. L. Kerr, Luciana Cavallaro, Vanessa Garden, Danielle L. Jensen and Krystal Wade.  Those are just the ones off the top of my head and I know there are far more.

As for traditionally published authors one of my auto-buy authors is Julie Kagawa.  Her Iron Fey series is guilty pleasure whereas I actually enjoy her Blood of Eden series on a more intellectual level.  Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) is a definite auto-buy/auto-request from NetGalley because I’ve never read a book by her I didn’t like.  Mark Lawrence, with his The Broken Empire trilogy is now an auto-buy author and I can’t wait until his spin-off series The Red Queen’s War comes out.

Well, these are just some of my auto-buy authors.  What are yours?  Why?

12 comments

  1. Tanya Patrice

    Probably NK Jemisin. I still haven’t read all the books written by her, but so love her style that it’s on my to do list – and real soon. Oh – and Stephen King and Dean Koontz – but that’s a given for everybody I’m assuming 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      I’ve tried reading NK Jemisin but I really just couldn’t get into her writing style. Maybe I’ll try her again in the future. And Stephen King’s kind of a ‘meh’ for me, but each to their own! 🙂

  2. Jemima Pett

    I like Lindsay Buroker, but I’m way behind on reading her books. I automatically pick them up when I see them though. I used to auto-buy or auto-pick up, at any rate, much more when I was younger – I worked my way through some of the scifi greats, for example. I just realised that there is another author I auto-buy, and this time in print – Lindsey Davis – her Falco series mainly, but I have some others too.

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  4. Zen A.

    I think I’m going to use the term “auto-buy authors” often from now on! I will almost always buy books written by Sophie Kinsella, John Green, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, J.K. Rowling and Mitch Albom!

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