Results from Reader’s Survey and Prize Winner – Part 1

The purpose of the survey was to gain a better understanding of why people read and what motivates people to read. I believe love for reading begins when we are children, but it doesn’t happen on its own accord. When parents spend time reading stories to their children and instill a love for books from an early age, then it continues right into adulthood. The frequency of reading may ease as commitments grow but you always find time to pick up a book and read. There is also a correlation between reading and literacy skills. In fact, it has been proven reading helps to improve literacy and understanding, and provides limitless opportunities.

Now to announce the prize winner:

The winner of the eBook Search for the Golden Serpent and $25 Amazon Gift Card is:

Cathleen Townsend

Congratulations, Cathleen. I’ll be in touch via email.

On to the survey results:

Question 1: are you Female or Male?
The majority of respondents were female coming in at 81% and 19% were male. That isn’t unusual as more women tend to complete surveys than men.

 

Question 2: Country of residence
Most of the responses came from the United States with 38%, followed by Australia with 29% and 10% coming from Canada and Germany.

demographics

Question 3: Why do you read?
This was a question I was interested in and the two most popular answers for reading was entertainment (41%) and relaxation (32%). There were those who read to escape (18%) from the daily grind. I do that too!

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Question 4: What type/s of fiction do you like best?
I read a variety of genres and I suspect so do most people but you always have a few favourites that you prefer to read. This is why I gave people the option to choose more than one answer and I am happy to report, Historical Fiction came out on top with 82%, followed by Adventure with 68%, then Fantasy (59%), Mystery (45%), Sci Fi (41%). I was surprised Romance wasn’t the leader in this one with 27% responding they like to read this genre.

types of fiction

Question 5: What motivates you to read a book?
With this question I wanted to know more about what readers look for when choosing a book. The responses certainly will change the strategies I will use when launching my next book. The blurb came out the strongest (89%), followed by the cover (64%), reviews (41%), endorsements (23%) and then awards (18%).

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Question 6: What influences you to choose a book to read?
The responses to this question really surprised me. I was of the opinion word of mouth influenced people’s choices in books but recommendations was only 14%, nothing to sneeze at, though the ranking wasn’t high. 32% said the genre was the reason in reading a book, followed by both the author and browsing a book store with 23%, then searching an online book store at 9%.

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Stay tuned for next week’s Part 2. If you have any questions regarding the survey and even if you don’t, please leave a comment below.

Thank you for visiting and reading.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander from contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Subscribe to her free short story at http://eepurl.com/bhEOXr

 

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What readers have said so far:
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend reading this novel that not only whisks you away … March 28, 2015 By Linnea Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars STEEPED IN DANGER AND ADVENTURE… March 27, 2015 By Rosary McQuestion
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic quest March 27, 2015 By Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! A true 5-star read! By Sheri A. Wilkinsonon March 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars So well constructed is this novel I often found myself experiencing every event along with the main characters. Captain Slog on March 28, 2015

Historical fiction fantasist Luciana Cavallaro, a secondary teacher, meanders from contemporary life to delve into the realms of mythology. Subscribe to her FREE short story http://eepurl.com/bhESs1

Up Up and Away

The eBook version of Search for the Golden Serpent is now live!

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may be lucky enough to sneak in and pre-order your copy before the day is out!

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It’s not where he appears, it’s when.

What if you’re born during another time, grew up in the 21st century and then were thrust back into the past? Confused? So is architect, Evan Chronis.

Evan, drawn by screams, ventures out to his backyard and sees blood trickling down the limestone stairs. He steps off the veranda and finds himself in the days of great and marvellous power, a time when the gods ruled the universe.

To return to the 21st century life he longs for, he must risk his life in search of powerful, treasured relics older than the Holy Grail. But what he finds might be more than he expected.

Will Evan find the relics and return home or will he remain forever stuck in a world so different from his own?

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Greece is the Word

A few months back I read two very different books set in Athens, Greece by fellow indie authors. One is a native, the other a new resident to Greece. I was fortunate to connect with the lovely Effrosyni Moschoudi via Twitter and we exchanged emails. She kindly introduced me to Marissa Tejada, a journalist who now lives in Athens.

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Two Perfect Summer Reads

 

Free promo 7-11 aug 2014

Today, I’m pleased to present to you Greek author Effrosyni Moschoudi and her books. As of this coming Thursday and for five days, they will be FREE on Amazon; seeing that they are perfect for a summer escape, you may not want to miss out on this opportunity!

WHO IS EFFROSYNI?
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Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has a BSc in Computer Science and has worked for large companies for twenty years, mainly in the hotel and airline business. She’s been writing since childhood and lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix.

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Meet author Eric Alagan

I have been following Eric’s blog Written Words Never Die for 3 years now and each time I read his posts I learn something new. His flash fiction, words of wisdom and fiction is exceptional and if you haven’t read his works, I recommend you do.

Eric’s latest book Mechanic Leigh print version is now available at Amazon. To read the amazing reviews please go his blog post Mechanic Leigh Print Version on Amazon

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Fellow Author – Free Book Giveaway

Hello everyone. This week I have the pleasure of sharing with you the talent and creativity of author, Roy Huff. His novel, the first book in his Everville series, Everville: The First Pillar, is out and he’s agreed to allow me to hold a raffle for a free Kindle eBook right here for all of you.

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Contest ends August 13, 2013 at midnight. You must have a valid non-Kindle email address. The winner will be sent a free Kindle eBook directly from Amazon. In order to enter you must reside in a country that allows Kindle downloads.

About the book:

Everville: The First Pillar is Amazon’s #1 international epic fantasy bestseller!

This is the first installment in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old.
Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between. With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

Can’t wait to for the raffle to end to read it?  Click here to purchase it now!


About the Author:

Roy Huff is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

Also, be sure to stay tuned for details on the upcoming second book in the series Everville: The City of Worms, expected to be released in late summer!

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