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:
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?