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