Jilly’s post on Sunday, asking for suggestions for that “one last book” to read before diving back into writing reminded me of a site I used to use to find potential new authors to read, back before I had a gargantuan TBR pile (which seems to be replicating on its own) to choose from.
The site let you key in an author’s name and then returned a word-cloud of “fans of author XXX also like author YYY” results. I started reading Rachel Gibson when she turned up in the results of my Jennifer Crusie search. Julia London lead me to Eloisa James. Dorothy L. Sayer led me to P.D. James.
The site was great fun though, of course, I’ve long since lost the link.
An internet search this weekend, however, turned up the Literature Map, which may or may not be the site I was thinking of. I had fun keying in the names of my favorite authors to see what came up (not that I’m looking for more to read). There was an overlap between the results from this site and the “customers who bought this item also bought” results I got when I did some comparison searching on Amazon, though not as much as I had expected.
My internet search also turned up What Should I Read Next? The site lets you enter either an author name or a book title and then provides a listing of books you might want to read. The results here seemed promising, although the site wasn’t nearly as much fun as playing with the Literature Map author-cloud was and the results were very limited for some authors I checked out.
I used both sites to find suggestions for authors similar to Julia Spencer-Fleming, whose series of mysteries I recently finished reading. While What Should I Read Next only returned one result, the LIterature Map was more generous and gave me 48 potential authors to consider. Talk about an embarrassment of riches.
Anyway, I’ve now got a list of new-to-me authors to look up next time I’m feeling curious, as well as two new tools to turn to the next time Jilly asks for recommendations.
So, other than word of mouth, how do you find new authors? Do you have any helpful sites to share?