Entwined with you, Crossfire series, Sylvia Day, self pub authors getting a publisher
Like many readers I had what I thought was the final installment of the Crossfire Trilogy on preorder. Only to discover when it came out this week thats its now called the Crossfire SERIES…and consists of five books! Here we were thinking that finally we get a conclusion, only to discover we need to spend more ££’s – to find out how the story ends, and we don’t know how much or when we can find out. This from the FAQ of Sylvia Day website “Will Entwined with You be the last book in the Crossfire series? The Crossfire series is a quintet.” That’s i guess in the same way as the crossfire serIes was a trilogy – so maybe its finallygoing to be a septet, or an octet – or more? Who knows. What i object to is spending money thinking its three books and finding out its not. If upfront it was clear it was more than three then i’d have been fine BUT it wasn’t. It was very clearly labelled a trilogy.
I’ve returned book 3 unread for refund, something i’ve very rarely done, usually only do that if i’m charged for a book that was advertsied as free…. I’ve better books to read than another installment of something for four quid which will cost me even more – how much no-one knows – to find the ending. Shame as i loved the first two but there’s so much more out there.
I’ve ranted before about books that are actually part of a two or three book group but reader doesn’t get told that. I think its time authors started telling us “this book is a stand alone” or this book is a duo/trilogy or more” No promblems with conventional series as those are almost always clear from the outset what you’re buying. I’ve never had a problem but can’t say there isn’t ever one hence the “amost always ” rider 🙂
It re affirms my decision to in future try to wait til all books are out before spending my cash – for this sort of series anyway, not conventional series which i love, but are usually somewhat complete stories in each book under an umbrella larger plot spanning the whole series.
Then there’s the whole “been taken on by a publisher” problem. We expect publication of next book on x date and then – great for author, a publisher comes on board with their own schedules. Publication day gets knocked back. In this case only by a couple of months but in anther book where i bought part one in dec expecting part wo in jan its Still not out…next month i think. thats just bad form for the reader whose bought book under an expectation of next one being soon. OK for an odd one but I see this as a growing problem…and one which will upset lots of readers. Its great for authors but then we are hearing “i have no control over publishng dates/prices/formats” Ys, thats why self publishing is so good. If having a publisher is great and the right thing for an author I accpet that – after all money is what we all need isn’t it? But when you sign that contract agreeing to let them have control over dates and costs thats your choice so to me its wrong to say “i have no contrl” You do have, when you sign on the dotted line. At least stick with the peple who are dealing with your books and say “this is what we agreed on costs/dates…” because when you signed over control thats is what you agreed.
Come on authors – some of you treat us properly and we’re really thankful. Make it most of you, please? We understand you write for money as well as the love of it, but we also have to spend our money wisely too and need to know from the beginning how much we are likely to lay out. Don’t let the wonderful world of self publishing go down. Its got many of your books out which would bnever have been read otherwise, its made money for many dedicated authors and its been fantastic at opening up new authors and genres to us readers, but ultimatley it depends on transparency and honesty.