OK, authors everywhere. By now most of us should have received our 4th quarter royalties statements. You know, the ones our accountants keep begging us to give them so they can finish our taxes. The ones we have been awaiting oh-so-anxiously to know how our year finished up.
By now I know not much will happen until I release a fantasy historical already getting rave reviews from crit partners who are notoriously difficult to please. Hopefully, it will be out this summer. July and August will be good months...September and October leaner months and God help me if I don't release something in November. My accountant will make another snide remark about writing being a hobby.
Meanwhile, on my web site, nine bright and shiny once-somebody-loved-me books stare out at the reader like dogs in a shelter, all begging for somebody to take them home. They'll be good, honest, they promise. Actually, they ARE good. There are several 5+ reviews and award winners among them, books that sold hundreds of copies their first week out. The problem is...they're OLD. Copyrighted as far back as 2008, some of them. In a society where your dress can be out of style before it's finished burning up your credit card, they have a problem.
We hear that epub has great advantages because your back list never gets old. But mine has gray hair and it's giving it to me. And I hear people talk, so I know I'm not alone.
So who else has this going on? Or, if you don't, to what do you atttribute your backlist's ability to move--that determined little wriggle like sperm seeking ova or, in this case, book hunting for a home? And if you're a reader, I'd love to hear your take on whether you buy only new releases. Is it sort of like...you know, compulsive shopping? Do you ever find a new-to-you author so talented that you go and buy their entire back list? I have done that and, believe me, I was a reader long before I was a writer. So, what gives? Inquiring minds want to know.