I mean bloody in the curse sense not the red sticky stuff by the way 🙂 After the raging inferno sucess of fifty shades of grey it seems that authors have taken to dividing novels into two or three parts with a passion. Its racing through the book industry like a duracell bunny on speed it seems to me. But authors – just stop and think, do you really want to treat readers like a quick cash cow without thinking if what you are dong will put them off long term from buying your books? I commented on one amazon review how much i hate this newish trend and now try to wait til all parts released (i’ll say why in a bit) beofre buying. And to my amazement i’ve had so many people agree – there’s getting to be a backlash against this.
I’m not talking about the book which are run in a series such as the traditional sci-fi, fantasy ones etc . Those tend to more or less wrap up each book leaving an opening for the next but not leave the reader turning the page (or tapping the kindle) for next sentence and finding they’re left in limbo. I’m a great fan of traditional fantasy sereis and would hate to critise them – that way works well with readers knowing what they are buying in to. The new types seem to (hmmnn i wanted to write “enthusiasticly” here but i cant spell it and my spellcheck just suggests ecclesiastic or neurasthenic…..err, no. ) treat their readers as people with no sense it seems to me – they want to hook us in and just make more money off us. What at one time would have been a good book of 400-500 pages now gets divided into three parts…and we pay three times. Often the first is just 77p so you think “ok i’ll try it” then find that parts two and three are anything from £3 -4 each. That works out expensive, not to mention losing the thread of what was going on when its months – a year even before next part out. I’m trying now not to buy intul i know whole series out and what its going to cost but… some authors haven’t even the decency to tell us the book ends suddently and is part of a series. For those who are honest – well done, at least you give us a choice, for those that write standalone – terrific well done. For those that are not telling us = well whenever i read one i’ve been caught on and there’s no mention in description – I’ll write that in my reviews so at least others have a chance to CHOOSE whether to buy something they have to wait for rest at unknown price.
Here’sá thought – why not wait til you’ve written ALL the book, then if you really want to divide it do so and we have a choice – buy all of it and read while its fresh and we can enjoy. At the moment even using my selective way of purchasing i’ve a long list of sereis waiting for final parts – something thats becuase part one is free for a limited time so i snap it up but still wait til rest out before buying. Then at least i know what I’m spending. I get quite a few books free for review but as an avid reader still buy loads more and money is not throwawya but needs to be spent carefully – ten 77p books bought becuase they are cheap is an expensive wate not a bragain if you don’t enjoy them.
ok…coffee time now 🙂 and on to a book!