Wednesday, 24 February 2016
All readers are great - but if you're asking how to help MOST?
“If you don't buy a book until the series is done, you increase the chances of that series not getting done. Publishers just see bad sales.”
There are many reasons why books can fail. What's undeniable is that some series, trilogies etc are bailed on. The publishers jump ship and the reader is left holding one or two books.
In Spain you can only buy Prince of Thorns. In the Netherlands just Prince and King of Thorns.
Undeniably, an author can put out one book, or two (or five) then make you wait an age for the next. I can think of examples of all these. I won't name the author who put out a successful book 1 alongside my debut in 2011 and dropped book 2 in 2014, but the wait for Rothfuss' book 3 and GRRM's book 6 are the stuff of genre legend.
So, yes, there is a risk in jumping in. But the flip side is that if you don't jump in ... the publisher may bail. It's a numbers game.
I'd like to think that the fact I've put out a book a year for 5 years and that book 6 is due in June a year after book 5, and that book 7 is written and that book 8 is 75% written, is sufficient to win readers' trust that when they buy my book the next is not going to keep you waiting too long.
Anyway. Any person that buys a book of mine at any time is GREAT. This is an info-post only, for those of you interested in how to best help an author. The answer is: buy early, read early, and talk about the books.