I love to read. As a matter of fact there have been brief moments lately when I’ve battled with whether to read a book from my favorite author or whether to write my story. I have most often chosen to write because my story wouldn’t get written if I spent all my time reading others’ work but the challenge was/is still there. This post is from a readers’ perspective or at least my reader’s perspective.
Anyway, I think there really is such a thing as too much. I didn’t think there would be; I’m as surprised to type that as you are probably surprised to read it. I have always hungered for some of my favorite authors to come out with the next best book for me to line my shelves(Kindle) with. I’ve messaged them, commented on threads along with other readers wondering where is the book?! But lately I’m noticing something, and I do think it’s due to self-publishing: there is just too much. . . for me.
Writers are rushing to churn out books as fast as we demand them. Supply and demand- but isn’t there a thing as too much, too soon? Yes, your reader is hungry for more of your words but there was something appealing about that wait. During that wait, I discovered new authors, new books and even though periodically, I wondered where you(my favorite author (s)) was in your next one, I had something to keep me company. Not only that, this is where book clubs fit in with discussions about the most recent piece of work. We did stuff in between releases. Remember?
Self-publishing has so many wonderful attributes, that this is not to bash the industry, no. But maybe someone needs to help these authors and me someday soon, pace their releases- the way publishers do- especially in certain genres. Now some of you reading this are among the favorite authors I read and love. Don’t start throwing rocks this way. I’m merely speaking my opinion and not calling YOU out. What has happened for me at least, is I’m stuck. I don’t know what to start first. So many releases on the same day, during the same week from so many of you; stories, I’m interested in, some I’m not familiar with, that I give up. I actually will let your book sit there until I can decide which one to start first. It’s too much pressure and I really can’t keep up. I’m almost ashamed to say that I haven’t read your books in months. I want to but oy vey! It’s like looking at the McDonald’s menu. Too many danggone choices to choose from while someone stares at you waiting for your decision, and there is a line behind you. The line full of other books waiting to be read. And I don’t have that kind of time. I work.
Now that I’ve gotten that out, I’d be interested in hearing from readers and writers alike: What do you think is the appropriate length of time between releases from an author? And not just what we want but how long before we actually wonder whether they are still in the land of the living and writing the next big one?
Please share your thoughts.