Two questions about selecting your books.
Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?
What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?
What probably influences me the most when I choose my next read is the synopsis and what/who the author states as influences. For me a good synopsis introduces main characters, but mainly focuses on how the plot develops. I think it should outline the main storyline and some of the sub-plots because then you get a good idea of how the novel is written. If there only seems to be the main storyline then the novel might get a bit boring. If there are too many subplots then it might get confusing. I really like it when authors tell you what inspired the story. I recently accepted a novel for review because the author was inspired by Greek mythology. I love Greek mythology and cannot wait to see the author's spin on it! Once I got the book I either read them immediately or they find their way around my room until I find them again and start reading them!
I really like reading books by authors I haven't read anything from. That way I don't have any expectations about the writing style and can be pleasantly surprised. What convinces me to read a book by a "new" author is probably either the plot or if it's well recommended. Thinking about it, I might go back on the second one. I read the second and third Twilight novels because everyone was talking about and loving them. Never been thus disappointed. Having read the first one I guess Stephanie Meyer doesn't count as "new" but it's just a side note on the recommendations.
So, how about you?