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Apr 4, 2012, 4:48pm Top

After finally deciding to release, as ebooks, several unpublished works I had sitting around on my computer, I was faced with the decision of whether to release them all at once or to release one at a time over a period of months. I opted for the latter approach, largely for logistical reasons (the time it took to convert into ebook formats and to promote just one book was a little prohibitive when I have magazine articles to get out every week). But curious what other people think about taking your time to make one book successful before releasing another vs. flooding the market with several books all at once.

Apr 4, 2012, 5:58pm Top

I think that may depend on whether you have a ready audience for your books, an established fan base. There are authors who could releases a half-dozen books at the same time (or close together) and I wouldn't hesitate to buy them all. But an author I was unfamiliar with? Not likely.

Apr 5, 2012, 7:28am Top

When I'm investigating an author new to me I'm probably likely to buy an entire trilogy at once (assuming I buy anything) rather than want to read the 1st and know that I'll have to wait months or years for the rest. Depends a bit on price, and on what led me to the author in the first place etc, but generally I'd want more rather than less available.

Apr 6, 2012, 11:59am Top

I agree with reading_fox. If you are releasing a trilogy, I'd prefer to buy all the books at once. (I've been burned on the "first in a new trilogy" and the trilogy never happens.)

If the books are not part of a series, then I would like to see a couple of works offered. I get VERY nervous buying a book if it's the only book published by an author. If I see several, I feel better about spending money. Also, I may find the author because of one book, but another book really catches my attention so I buy 2!

Apr 7, 2012, 7:00pm Top

Mark, I think I understand. I also have several completed novels, that I want to either sell, or publish myself.
By doing so, it allows you to focus on your current wip.

I am self published on some works, but also sold under a pen name.
I make more on self publish than I do by my publisher.

Let me know what you decide to do.

Apr 7, 2012, 10:47pm Top

I only have the time and energy to market one book at a time, so I release one at a time. When I signed with my publisher, I already had three books written and it was just a matter of editing and packaging for them. Now, I set a deadline for myself in advance of the publisher's deadline and pray I get to the finish line when I'm supposed to.

Apr 8, 2012, 6:13am Top

I sold quite a lot of my first book but found the second one harder to shift. Now I have written three people are buying them as a trilogy. If the subject matter was different I think it would need an extra effort now there are e-books.Marketing is the secret and, boy, is it time consuming!

Apr 9, 2012, 10:43am Top

I read an ebook yesterday that was a kindle freebie. I liked it a lot, and since it was a short book
( only 180 pages) I read it quickly. I went straight back to Amazon to look for book #2 in the series,
read it and went back for #3. Although I have no idea if the author Terri Reid released one or more
at a time. I do think that if I enjoyed book #1 and went back immediately to look for the next book to find no others waiting, I might have forgotten the series. As it was, I read the first three in one day and will not soon forget her books. I will continue the series at least for a while, as the books are light, fun and perfect reads for me at this time. So...

A long winded way to say that more than one book is good, in my opinion. If someone
reads what you have and wants to look for more, it might be good to have a few ready
for purchase.

Edited: Apr 11, 2012, 2:30pm Top

Interesting opinions. My books are actually all in different genres, not part of a series. And like I said, I just didn't have the free hours or the energy to get more than one out at a time. And I've found trying to market this one is almost a full-time endeavor. My next one should be out in a couple of months, then the process of marketing will begin all over again, I guess. By the way, for anyone interested, I just started up a website, which will eventually consist of excerpts from my novels, articles accumulated during my time as a professional journalist, commentaries on martial arts, and other assorted rubric. Check it out.


Apr 11, 2012, 7:51pm Top

When I enjoy a particular author, I love when they release new books, however; it drives me nuts when they release TONS of books in a year with the "help" of another author. For instance, James Patterson releases how many books in a calendar year? How many does he write just on his own? Only two series (women's murder club and Alex Cross).

Apr 12, 2012, 4:25pm Top

I'm releasing a total of 12 titles this year - I think it depends what you're comfortable with though it's worth bearing in mind that your online shelfspace is infinite. We're not bound by the shelves of a bookstore or a certain number of titles a publisher can release a year with our name on it so we might as well take advantage of it.

Apr 16, 2012, 9:21pm Top

I have released two books this year. I found it easier to handle the publishing effort at the same time. One is my father's poems (in Hebrew), the other is a novel, so they appeal to different markets.

Apr 25, 2012, 2:33am Top

Hi, Mark!

I vote for flooding the market all at once, if that is, you have the resources and cover designer in place to give your e-book the best possible facial representation. You can work on promotion simultaneously, possibly focusing more on Twitter for some books and Facebook for others and Goodreads for others. It's an ongoing process--marketing and promoting---anyway!!

In addition, some of the more successful Amazon Kindle giants drop two or more books simultaneously. And as for waiting to build a fan base...no! You do that every day you are blessed to rise and start the fun and games all over again!

Flooded markets sell. If I love an author and return to see what has been written in a month, I'll be getting all the books I didn't buy the last time. When readers love an author, they will do this, if, of course, their funds permit! :)



Apr 25, 2012, 2:35am Top

I'm with you, Gryeates!!! Indeed, indeed! "...your online shelfspace is infinite."

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