Blogger Confession: Why I wait to buy certain writers….
Let me preface this confession with the following memo: I know this is not the best way to support my favorite writers. I know that pre-ordering, buying the first week, and reading/reviewing immediately is the way to be an awesome fan. However, there are reasons that I just don’t do it.
Here are the types of writers that I read/buy differently…
The Slow Writer (series is the key here): I am not talking the once a year writer. I am actually OK with a new book in a series only coming out once a year. I am talking the 16 months or more writer. If it takes over 16 months for the next book in the series to come out then I sometimes lose interest. It is much better for me to read them once the whole series is out or when I know it is coming to an end. Otherwise, I just never finish the series at all.
The Cliffhanger Writer: These are the worst! I don’t like cliffhangers. They leave me edgy and sometimes angry. That is what they are supposed to do but unless I have the next book to read soon (with these that means in less than 6 months) then I tend to get angry with the series. That sometimes translates to me ditching the series all around. This is especially true if it was a book that was intriguing but not quite hooking me enough to put up with a cliffhanger. If I learn from previous experience that an author is notorious for cliffhangers then I won’t try their newer series till they are all out. I don’t care what the hype is around the book!
The Sudden Ending/Open Ending Writer: This is a fairly new phenomenon (at least to me). Lately, it appears that a trend of just ending a story out of the blue is happening. It drives me nuts! There have been several books that I have gone online after reading the last chapter just to confirm that I was not missing part of my book. Seriously nothing worse than turning the page and realizing that the conversation didn’t end, the scene was just over, or the answers were not coming. I don’t know how or why this trend started but I have actively started avoiding authors that do it unless they have a follow-up book. However, this seems to be a new trend in stand alone books. So now I wait till my most trusted friends read the book so I can ask about the ending. I am now that person that emails people going “did it have a proper ending?”
(Not a type of writer unless you name them the down to the wire writer) The Audiobook isn’t Available till a couple of weeks/months after release: Audiobooks are sometimes on a different release schedule than the e-book/paperback release of a book. This isn’t on the author or even the distributor, audiobooks take time. If the final copy of the book isn’t ready till right before release then well there isn’t time to get the audiobook done. However, I am one of those people who will wait. There are just some books and series that I prefer in audio format.
Do you sometimes wait to pick up a next book in series? Do you have authors that you read differently than others? What are your reasons for waiting?