What is your policy when it comes to new authors? Do you feel comfortable purchasing a book or do you prefer to borrow new authors from the library? How often do you 'try out' a new author?
I enjoy reading new authors, but I typically don't buy books by new authors unless I have read them first. I normally borrow books by new authors from the library first; then if I enjoy them, I'll consider buying.
Example: Stephenie Meyer and her Twilight series - I had heard a lot about these books, but I read the first book after checking it out of the library. When I realized I was enjoying the book, I had to buy my own copy. I then bought the next three books hot off the presses!
In my opinion, you have to read new authors in order to find the great books. I enjoy reviewing new authors and it makes me happy to see new authors get the publicity they deserve, especially if they have written a great book.