This isn’t a post about difficult readers but about advance sales. As a writer, I understand them. The publisher wants to get word out and get people excited. They want orders already coming in when the book comes out.
I get that.
As a writer.
As a reader? Not so much. This morning, someone tweeted an image about a new Gaiman book. New Gaiman? Woo-hoo. I popped over to my library and keyed in the title – Art Matters. Nothing. I didn’t even know who the publisher was so next I popped over to Amazon. Oh, look. There it is. It comes out in . . .
November. 3 months and 5 days from today.
Sigh. The cover art isn’t even up yet.
As a writer, I understand advanced sales and hype. As a reader? As a reader I’m not nearly so patient. It isn’t that I must have the book right this very second. I’m a reasonable person. I could wait for the 10 days or so it would take to get it from my local indie.
But 3 months and 5 days? You might as well tell me to wait until Christmas. This is what I get for taking a break and going on Twitter when I should be working on my final rewrite.