Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Do you ever wonder why publishers only accept a very small amount of the submissions they receive? Do you ever wonder why so much is spent on conceiving cover art that will attract readers and help to direct book buyers to novels they might enjoy? Do you ever wonder why recognised bestselling authors are always supported by a greater degree in a monetary fashion by publishers.
This might shed a little light. I was checking out some forthcoming novels that I've had my eye on earlier this week, and suddenly realised that, if you're an author releasing a novel on 7th July, you must be quaking in your boots in terms of the competition. How on earth are you going to make it so that your novel is the one picked up?
Here is an interesting list for you....
If you're just a reader of speculative fiction (that being fantasy, science fiction, horror, urban fantasy and the ilk) you can get your hands on the following:
1) Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong
2) Bearers of the Black Staff - Terry Brooks
3) Heartless - Gail Carriger
4) Goddess of the Sea - P C Cast
5) Jack Cloudie - Stephen Hunt
6) Den of Thieves - David Chandler
7) Echo City - Tim Lebbon
8) Hell Ship - Philip Palmer
9) Sin Undone - Larissa Ione
10) Tempting Evil - Keri Arthur
Ten books! That would be a stretch for me to read all of them in one month, and I count myself a fairly swift reader...
If you occasionally appreciate a foray into YA titles, you can then add the following novels:
11) The Immortals: Everlasting - Alyson Noel
12) In the Sea There Are Crocodiles - Fabio Geda
13) Deathwing - Hunter Cole
14) Highway Robbery - Kate Thompson
15) Island of Thieves - Josh Lacey
16) Solstice at Stonewylde - Kit Berry
Hmm, starting to get *really* challenging, non?
Now let's add in crime - a number of us like a good crime novel, don't we?
17) The Reversal - Michael Connolly
18) The Temple Mount Code - Charles Brokaw
19) Buried Prey - John Sandford
20) The Devil's Light - Richard North Patterson
21) Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
22) Burned - Thomas Enger
23) Conspiracy in Death - J D Robb
24) Fallen Gods - Quintin Jardin
25) The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino
Okay, I don't think even a quick reader is going to tackle all of the books above!
Finally, I'm going to show you a sample of the novels given for 7th July under the "Fiction" category:
26) The Caspian Gates - Harry Sidebottom
27) Suspicious Minds - Mary Larkin
28) Rule 34 - Charles Stross (which really should be categorised under science fiction, surely?)
29) The People Next Door - Christopher Ransom
30) Go To Sleep - Helen Walsh
31) Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martel
32) Black Sea Twilight - Domnica Radulescu
33) Days of Gold - Jude Deveraux
34) Love and Marriage - Patricia Scanlan
35) Mistress of My Fate - Hallie Rubenhold
36) Patronage - Maria Edgeworth
37) Rage of Lions - Curtis Jobling
38) Seven Days One Summer - Kate Morris
39) Sunshine State - James Miller
40) The Coffee Story - Peter Salmon
41) The Elephant's Journey - Jose Saramago
42) Agent 6 - Tom Rob Smith
43) Fallen - Karin Slaughter
44) Happy Birthday - Danielle Steel
45) Red Plenty - Francis Spufford
46) All For You - Sheila O'Flanagan
47) House of the Hanged - Mark Mills
48) Killer Move - Michael Marshall
49) The Captive Queen - Alison Weir
50) Pegasus and the Fight for Olympus - Kate O'Hearn
51) The Roots of Betrayal - James Forrester
52) Graveminder - Melissa Marr
53) Behold a Pale Horse - Peter Tremayne
54) Atlas Infernal - Rob Sanders
Okay, I'm going to stop, I think I've done enough! There are more released on 7th July. Way more.
It should be said that some of the above are the paperback releases of hardbacks, and some are re-releases of older novels. Even so.
That is ONE day. On ONE day in the year there are almost 60 novels released. No wonder authors are encouraged to get out there and promote madly. No wonder it feels like we, as readers, can never possibly catch up.
I know many of you read one genre almost exclusively, but even within just one genre, there are often over ten books released on one day in a month.
So... I want to know from you:
- whether you ever think there are TOO many novels being published?
- whether there are any books listed above that you were desperate to read, but didn't know was coming out until you read this post?
- whether there are any series/authors you keep up with, regardless of all the other new releases coming out?
- whether you feel sorry for new authors getting lost in the swirl of releases every month?
- whether you despair about ever catching up?
I hold my hand up to the last. I want to read SO many books, and there are just SO many more being released.
What do you think authors/publishers have to do these days to stand out when it comes to the jungle that is book publishing?