Question? It’s so upsetting when an author misses a release date especially when it’s for a book in a series. Even more upsetting is when you find out from the author that they may or may not release that particular book by the end of the year and that a new release date has not been decided.
BUT in the meantime this busy author has started a new series which will be released in a month. Newsletters are distributed announcing the new series with no updates on the series that was apparently forgotten.
My question is: Aren’t authors committed to a contract that states their books have to be released within a pre contractual date?
I wonder sometimes if the author has lost their commitment to the characters in the unfinished series and just easily moves on to something else leaving the readers hanging. It may be crazy but instead of starting Book 1 in a series that will potentially have 3 books, I will sometimes wait until all the books are released before starting the first book. Yeah, it’s crazy because sometimes you have to wait 6 months or even a year before all the books are written.Yogi
Even more upsetting is when you find out from the author that they may or may not release that particular book by the end of the year and that a new release date has not been decided.Yes. It is upsetting. I’ve been waiting for the sequel to Skyrim for 10 years. As fussy as I am about it, I understand that creative projects take time.
Books are not widgets. It’s not always the matter of putting in 8 hours a day and boom, by the end of 6 months you have a book. It’s the matter of determination, talent, experience, and sometimes you have all of that and the brain still doesn’t go. Writing is art. It’s a creative endeavor. Some books are harder to write. No rhyme to reason to it. They just are.
Sometimes the creative process is interrupted by a personal tragedy. Dean Koontz lost his dog. It deeply affected him and he couldn’t write for years. I know a writer who became ill and had to take a break for 2 years. She didn’t tell anyone because she is a very private person. Sometimes the reader expectations are crushing and the writer has a crisis of confidence, which creates a writing block and the only way to break it is to write something new and unrelated.
BUT in the meantime this busy author has started a new series which will be released in a month.
Hehehe. How long do you think it takes to write a book and then prep it for publication? I would estimate 6 months minimum. Unless we’re talking about one of the people who churns out 10 novels a year to take advantage of KU. For a typical author, 6 months is a conservative estimate, 8 is better, and a year is perfect.
If the new series will be released in a month, that means the author worked on it for months, finished the manuscript, had it edited, copyedited, proofread, commissioned a cover, had the whole thing formatted, and ready for upload. We finished writing Fated Blades on April 28th. Right now, months later, we are working on the final proofread. Books don’t just magically pop into existence overnight.
It may be crazy but instead of starting Book 1 in a series that will potentially have 3 books, I will sometimes wait until all the books are released before starting the first book.Sadly, you are the reason why a series may never be finished.
Well, one of them, anyway.
You are fully within your rights as a consumer to wait until the series is over. However, both publisher and the author base the decision to continue the series on sales. If you don’t buy book 1, the chances that book 3 will happen drop dramatically, because it appears the market isn’t interested in the series. Your fear that book 3 won’t be published then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You have the power. Like He-Man.
Looking at the situation you described above, it seems that the book you were waiting for probably belongs to a series that didn’t sell well. Perhaps my guess is wrong and instead the writer encountered some other road block. In any case, they had to pivot to a different project. Writers have to eat. Every day. More than once even.
You know what would have made them want to finish the series? Sales.
Yeah, it’s crazy because sometimes you have to wait 6 months or even a year before all the books are written.
Six months? That is a long time. ::tries not to laugh::
GRRM fans are waving from their table. They are excellent at consoling and they have cookies. 🙂
I think you might be reading a lot of selfpublished for-profit titles. The self-published authors break into two broad categories: those who try to write as well as they can and those who try to write as fast as they can. Due to the way Amazon works, some people can make money with subpar books as long as they release them quickly.
You can see a lot of it in the hot romance category, where it’s not uncommon to have 12 novels in one series released in a year, each a collection of sex scenes vaguely connected by some semblance of a plot. There is quality hot romance to be found on KU, but you do have to look for it. The write-as-fast-as-you-can model relies on having new books available quickly and mostly cashes in on KU readers, who pay a monthly fee. They want quick and steady flow of content for their money, a literary equivalent of a soap opera. It’s very difficult to maintain that level of output, and so a lot of those authors use ghostwriters.
As I pointed out above, if you care about quality of writing, it takes at least 6 months to bring a book to publication. Traditionally, a year. There are always outliers, since not all authors write at the same pace, and some books just fall out of the writer quickly, but that’s an exception, not the norm.
A typical 3 book series that is traditionally published usually takes 3 years to complete. The books are released 12 months apart.
To summarize: complaining, sadness, suicide threats, plain threats (we’ve had both of those happen and we take it very seriously) and so on will not make the author write faster or return to a project that they’ve abandoned. Pats on the head and sales work much better. Mmmm, sales. 🙂
Thanks for the chuckle this morning as I go to rewrite yet another chunk of the novel that just won’t end. Hehehehe.
Update: for the commenters who are expressing that us dying would be the absolute worst because the books would be unfinished, who raised you? No, seriously.