The care and maintenance of authors

If you like books, then you have something of a vested interest in making sure the books you like are available, so here’s a thing.

This month I have a new book out – Pagan Dreaming. I have a request – if you were thinking about buying a copy, please consider pre-ordering it. Let me explain why…

A lot of books get published every week. Most of them remain relatively obscure, or entirely obscure. This is inevitable, given the numbers. Only the biggest houses have any kind of money to spend on promotion, and mostly even they depend on author fame, TV and movie tie ins and the like, to sell books.

However, books that sell well become more visible – this is especially true on amazon, but also the case anywhere there’s any kind of best seller list. Bricks and mortar establishments tend not to touch books from small and obscure authors unless you give them the copies and invoice them, and wait for them to pay you. I’ve heard enough horror stories about books that just disappeared, to the author’s expense. It’s much better for the author if they strike the bookstore as being worth bothering with. Hit a best seller list – even in a small niche on amazon, and people who are interested in that niche become way more likely to see you.

It’s shockingly difficult to sell books to people who have no idea your book even exists.

If you aren’t considering picking up a copy of Pagan Dreaming, bear in mind that all the same things apply to any book you might consider buying. If you like an author, you can do them an enormous favour by pre-ordering their book. Pre orders mean releasing a book into the lists, not into the unknown. You up their chances of being noticed, ad selling books, and this in turn ups the odds of them being able to afford to live, and thus able to afford to keep writing books. I know I bang on about this a lot but it stands repeating: Most authors are not rich, most are relatively poor, most are only authors part time because that’s the only way they can pay the bills. What you do has the scope to make a real difference.

In case you get the urge, here are assorted places you can find Pagan Dreaming. actively supports bookshops so if you want to support indie book stores, and are in the UK, this is well worth a look. They don’t have it yet, but they have a lot of other books and a good ethos. they have everything else I’ve written.

Book Depository can ship anywhere, so if you live somewhere that doesn’t lend itself to easy book buying, they’re especially worth a look. they have it on offer, and seem ready to send it already.  Plus they’re actually based down the road from me in Gloucester, so I count this as supporting my local economy!

Barnes and Noble


And if you do want to order it from a physical store, the paperback isbn is 978-1-78535-090-0

Thank you!

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

3 responses to “The care and maintenance of authors

  • Sheila North

    As a writer who has a lot of author and writer friends, as someone who does a monthly radio show about books, and as a reader, I am a big believer in supporting authors. Also, I can, sadly, back up what you’re saying about most authors not being well off, having to have other jobs, etc., as being true.

    Currently reading & enjoying “Pagan Dreaming”. Your post has reminded me that your book would make a great gift for a friend, who though not Pagan, is interested in Paganism. She also suffers from insomnia. Ordering from Book Depository now!

  • lornasmithers

    I had no idea that pre-ordering affected your place on the ‘lists’! Thanks for giving a few options other than Amazon. The last time I typed Amazon into a search engine rather than going to the site it came up with a load of articles about the ill physical and mental health of their staff. I’m trying to avoid them as much as possible and if I use them not using their deliver service but buying through 3rd party sellers (although I’m aware for them Amazon takes a huge cut).

    One of the things that surprises me about Moon Books is that there isn’t an on-line payment system- you have to go through Amazon or order through a book shop. Which means more people go through Amazon- an unethical company. Will try ordering from the Book Depository. I’ll also check out Hive. I had never heard of them.

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