I had a frustrating weekend. I was reading a novel. I enjoyed it. But it stopped halfway through— BANG!—just stopped. I was irritated. I had just started getting into the characters. So, I bought the second one in the series. It was also very good, but it did the same durn thing! So, I bought the third one in the series, and it did the same thing. There’s one more book in the series, and I’ll probably get it, but I am really angry and disgusted with the author and the publisher.
I’ve now read 3 books and I feel like I’m three-quarters through a “real” book
This is a rip-off, at the very least! This is why I quit reading the “Left Behind” series—author and publisher greed.
This morning I was reading Mark Coker’s newest research on reader habits and purchasing averages. It’s the best source of stats in the industry, that I know of. Lo and behold! He discovered the same thing:
“For the second year running, we found definitive evidence that ebook readers – voting with their Dollars, Euros, Pounds, Krone, Krona and Koruna – overwhelmingly prefer longer books over shorter books.
“The top 100 bestselling Smashwords books averaged 115,000 words. When we examined the word counts of books in other sales rank bands, we found the lower the word count, the lower the sales.
“Now consider how authors can use this finding, combined with the knowledge of the power curve, to make smarter publishing decisions, and to avoid poor decisions. Often, we’ll see an authors with a single full-length novel break the novel into chunks to create a series of novellas, or worse – they’ll try to serialize it as dozens of short pieces. When you consider that readers overwhelmingly prefer longer works…”
I’ve been saying this for years. Most readers really like novels over 100,000 words. Tom Clancy writes wonderful books which are 250,000 words. Gone With the Wind is over 400,000 words.
Be nice to your readers!
Give them a satisfying book to read!
- New Smashwords Survey Helps Authors Sell More eBooks (smashwords.com)