This question is brought to you by the latest book releases in a series of books that I was disappointed in… I’m so fun in November, I swear.
Let me start by saying that I’m one of those who have waited for years for a book release. We get one Black Dagger Brotherhood book a year and I’m eternally grateful it’s not more. We get one Game of Thrones book in a decade – just kidding it’s roughly half a decade, George R. R. Martin, please don’t kill anyone because of me!
just kidding as if I have any influence over book characters *cries* – and back in the days all the Harry Potter release dates were like national holidays for readers, queues and crying and partying and the whole deal, oh those magical days. Same with Twilight.
And I’ve been on the opposite side where I’ve gotten books (in a series) within a few weeks (that were pre-written and published back to back, there’s a huge difference in the writing process). But nowadays, we get multiple books released a day and the while the pressure for authors to get their books out there is high, the need for quality books on their own time should be just as high. We pre-order books and they arrive on our Kindle even earlier than planned. And I’m so okay with that, in fact, thank you for lessening out agony. BUT! As all shiny, new things, there’s also a downside.
Yes, we get books faster than ever before. My shelves thank you, my bank account not so much but who needs food anyway.
Yes, we appreciate the hell out of it, too. The books, not the lack of food.
Yes, it’s awesome that we can read books closer together instead of waiting months, years.
There’s a reason we have to wait years for a new Game of Thrones book, and there was a reason we only get one BDB book a year, or back in the days with Harry Potter and TLOTR took nearly more than a decade to be written and it was published back to back. Have you seen the sizes of those books? Or the amazing details? The world building? The complexity of the stories?
Book writing is hard, people!
It demands time, and effort, and WORDS TO BE WRITTEN, like, typed. I get bored writing a review, I can’t possible imagine what goes into writing a 300-400+ page book, let alone +800!
Writing a book takes time. And lately that has been an after thought in every series I’ve finished these past few months; I getting the feeling that the last book in the series is almost always rushed to be published or more books are being added to what originally was a trilogy and books are getting shorter for no reason at all. Personally I would much rather wait an entire year or half a decade for a book than to have that book within weeks/months of the previous one or to have 2-3 more books added and for them to be so bad I’ll be disappointed in the end.
TAKE YOUR TIME, AUTHORS! ♥
How long have you waited for a book release? Was it worth it? Would you wait up to or more than a year for a book if you knew it would be worth it?
Let me know in the comments below and please, please, always be kind to authors, they are people too, with personal lives, and writing should only bring joy to readers and authors. Unless you are the kind of person who likes a good tearjerker, in that case I FEEL YA!