Jim is on vacation this week, and is blogging from the past! He has very little Internet access, but will read and catch up on comments eventually. Please feel free to comment and tell him what the future looks like.
Normally I try not to go overboard with my own book promotion here. From reading other people’s blogs, I know a little goes a long way, and it’s easy to get carried away. But when a new book comes out, I give myself permission to celebrate and promote for a few days.
This week, I’m going to try to answer a few questions that come up with each new book release, starting with this one:
Where and when should people buy my books?
Different authors will give you different answers to this question. Mine is pretty straightforward: if you want to buy my books, do so wherever it’s convenient for you.
I get the same royalty whether you buy from Amazon, B&N, or your local independent bookstore. Technically speaking, for things like making the Locus Bestseller list, there are certain stores where sales are weighted more heavily than others … but you know what? That’s not your problem. I’d love to make the list again, but I’m not going to try to force it by sending everyone out to a specific list of stores.
I do have a soft spot for independent bookstores, since many of them have been very supportive of my career from day one. But if you don’t have a good independent store, or you’re just not up for one more errand, I have no problem at all with people hopping onto Amazon to order there. (Plus then I get to watch my Amazon rank drop!)
As to when people should buy? Again, I’m going to say you should buy it whenever you like. Early sales are important, don’t get me wrong. The more the books sell in these first weeks, the more likely the stores are to restock. Not to mention it makes my publisher, my agent, and me happy to see those big early sales numbers.
But it’s up to you. I know not everyone who reads my blog buys my books, and that’s fine. And I’m not going to insist you all run out today to pick up your copy.
On the other hand, I’m planning to do a discussion post for Red Hood’s Revenge next week. So if you do buy and read the book this week, you’ll be able to get in on all of the spoilery conversation and speculation 😉