To all those writers worried that their ebook is going to become lost in the whirlpool of current publications:
A few weeks ago I took a trip to Hay-on-Wye, home of a surprising number of second-hand bookshops. Each of these bookshops was packed to the gills with books. Every one of those books had been published, had an author, in some cases and editor or photographer, in some cases an illustrator.
A small town where books outnumber people ten to one (at least – not a statistical analysis, just one I made up).
I could have taken a paperback of The Last Rhinemaiden, dropped it onto the shelves of any of those bookshops, watched as it disappeared. Just like posting an ebook on Amazon, or Kobo, or iTunes.
Most people who’ll read this blog will never visit Hay-on-Wye. You’d never find that copy of The Last Rhinemaiden (mainly because I didn’t drop one somewhere) because you won’t come close, and many people won’t go looking.
What am I trying to say?
We should stop fretting about people finding our books. Just get them out there and set off writing the next one.
N.B. #1 – in fact, amongst all those second-hand books I spotted one that I wasn’t looking for but was happy to find: Moon Magic, by Dion Fortune.
N.B. #2 – this week, I wrote the first chapter of the follow-up to The Last Rhinemaiden (at last!). I’m a couple of weeks behind schedule, but if I don’t start now, I have no chance of finishing the thing by Yuletide. I expect I’ll ROW80 the progress, so stand by for updates.