Tuesday, January 09, 2018

So many books...

"There are approximately one billion ebook titles and three million print books on Amazon." When I read this the other day on one of the myriad blogs I try to check each day,  the enormity of the universe of books swept over me. And I was one of the tiny stars (think astral bodies, not wonderfully talented people) in this universe.

Why would anyone read my books? Apparently a significant number of you all do just that, and I thank you, each and every one. But why would anyone choose my books? There are simply not enough hours in the day to read all the ones out there.

The answer, I think, is roughly the same philosophy as underlies one of the Texan-isms I heard growing up. "That's why they make Fords and Chevrolets." Of course, now there are a bunch of makes of automobiles and pickups from which to choose, but when I was younger (about the time the earth's crust was cooling), there were only a handful of companies turning out vehicles. The choice was simpler than it is nowadays, and it was ultimately made on the basis of "what I like." And I think that's true currently of all the decisions we make--what brand of soap, clothing, food, etc. I may not understand the factors involved, but I thank those of you who've chosen my books out of the billions of choices you have.

I'm gratified so far by the performance of my latest novella, Surgeon's Choice.  It's currently available in Kindle format, and the print version is also  ready for purchase via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For those who don't have a Kindle but want to read the book that way, I suggest you go to Amazon and do one of the free downloads of the app that will send the book in Kindle format to your computer (PC or Mac) or smartphone. 

I'll be doing interviews and guest posts on blogs for the rest of this month, each of which will include a giveaway of a copy of this book. And, if a winner has already bought it, I'll send an Amazon gift card instead. Previous appearances are shown on my post from Friday. My interview with Carrie Schmidt just went up on her site. And there are a few more to come.

Thanks again for making me a star--astral body, that is. In the comments, let me know if you see any difference between my indie-published novel and novellas and the ones released by "conventional" publishers. See you in a few days.

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7 comments:

Elise Griffith said...

As an avid reader, I can say it isn't easy to find GOOD reads among the millions or billion of books out there. Yes, it's a "taste" thing. I don't want books with graphic sex, foul language or what's termed "contemporary themes", and I certainly don't want politicized novels. What I want is clean entertainment with a solid story line and well developed characters a reader can relate to. It's a big bonus if the novel keeps my attention enough that I'm loathe to put it down. Your books fit that bill, and your indie published works are on par with your earlier, traditionally published books. In my humble opinion.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Elise. I'm honored--and a little bit flummoxed--that you and others find my works worthwhile.

Paula said...

I choose your books because I like your writing and your books are always interesting and informative. I see no difference between your indie published books and your traditionally published ones. I enjoy reading your books and look forward to the next one! Thanks Richard for answering the call to write!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Paula. The main difference I've seen, by the way, in the books I've indie-published is that it's up to me to get the cover designed, arrange edits, and market the finished product. But there's a certain satisfaction in getting things done on my own schedule.

Patricia Bradley said...

I love your books! Both the trad published and Indie. They are all high-quality reads! Or I should say page-turners. :-)

Patricia Bradley said...

Oh, and I hope to be reading Surgeon's Choice soon!

Richard Mabry said...

Thank you, Patricia. I hope you enjoy it. (And people who enjoy Christian suspense should check out your books).