I suppose as an author that it is only natural that I read articles on how readers find their reading material. After all, I could target my promotion efforts (if I actually did promo) based on this enlightening knowledge.
The problem is I just don’t trust the information provided.
I think the majority of people shop like I do. I skip the latest releases and the best seller end caps and randomly grab books based on title, read the back then say yeah or nay.
Apparently, others rely on friends’ recommendations, reviews and some folks even open the book and read the first few pages or paragraphs.
I can barely remember author names and my knee jerk reaction is it can’t be good if so many folks like it. After all, aren’t these the same folks who think Olive Garden is good Italian food and Dominoes makes great pizza? Seriously?
Okay, I’ll put on my Freak hat with its glitter and lighted spraklers.
I don’t mind being different, mostly because I have passed the genetic trait onto all three of my child. Makes me proud to hear them rejecting someone because they’ve gotten popular and have obviously sold out their artistic integrity by pandering to the low brow masses.
Yep, still wearing my Freak hat but I’ve added a few hypocrisy ribbons because my MP3 player is loaded with popular songs spanning eight decades.
But I digress.
I pick books up willy-nilly and only afterwards realize they are part of a series. I’ve been told there are folks who don’t pick up books until a series is complete then they’ll pick them up and read all of them one after the other.
I love binge reading but admit some authors/stories begin to sound the same after the third book. Now, I space out my reading material to avoid such burn out.
But I still love series.
And I like to write series.
So as I begin to ruminate on my writing schedule for next year, which would you prefer–three books in a dystopian/post apocalyptic world published in one year, knowing that I wouldn’t write another series in this genre for another two years? Or should I just keep hop, skipping and jumping genres with at least one book written in all the assorted genres per year (and sometimes 2 in a particular genre)?
Right now the series stand like this:
Dugan Brothers (holiday romance books) 2 more under contract
Blue Books–2 more (maybe 4 depending)
Syn-En books (3-4 more after Registration)
Blood Books (2 more)
Role playing game follow up (optional)
Trying to squeeze in next year:
Straight WWI era romance novellas (8 per year)
Apocalyptic book series (new and exciting, set in modern times)
apolcalyptic novella series around 2012: Winter Harvest, filling in the gaps
Apocalyptic novellas (3 really nifty ideas–one of which is as close as I’ll get to zombies)
New Space SciFi series (3 books)
And there’s that pesky Atlantis book nagging at me (3 books minimum)