Monday, September 8, 2014
It's no good trying to rush it
I've been trying very hard to get Maxwell Volume 4 ready for publication this month, but what with moving house last month, plus my truck problems, plus normal domestic chores, I just can't get there from here. On re-reading my latest work this morning, I was so unhappy with it I deleted the lot. I'll start that chapter over again later today.
The thing is, I want each of my books to be better than the one before. I don't want to just churn out 'pot-boilers' hoping that readers who enjoyed past books will fork out their hard-earned money for a new volume. That's the best way I know to alienate readers, who'll remember an author who took them for granted and likely never buy another of his books. No way. I'm not going down that road. I'd rather take it more slowly, and put in the effort required to make each book worthwhile.
That means I'm going to postpone publication of Maxwell Volume 4 until late October or early November. That, in turn, will probably push Laredo Volume 2 out until January 2015. I apologize to those of you waiting for the new books, but I hope you understand where I'm coming from; and I hope I'm right in betting that you'd rather wait a little longer for a good book rather than have to put up with something that's just "OK, I guess . . . "
Thanks for understanding. Watch these pages for progress reports.