Feb 10, 2014

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Question – Do Long Waits Between Installments Mean Less Interest?

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burnedA couple of weeks ago, Karen Marie Moning announced that Burned, the second book in her Dani O’Malley series (or seventh book in her Fever series, depending on who you ask) has had a release date push back…again.  It was originally January 2014 then July 2014 and now it’s January 2015.  *sigh*

I understand that authors and publishers have to change release dates sometimes due to an author’s personal health issues or publisher printing issues (among other things) but sometimes it’s a bit much.  Example, Iced, book one in Karen Marie Moning’s latest series, hit shelves October 2012!  That means there will be over two years between release dates.

Another example would be Adrian Phoenix and her Maker’s Song series.  I am not up to date with that one so this one didn’t affect me specifically but I know quite a few people were sad when the release date for book five was changed over and over and over.  That one ended up having 2 years 7 months between releases!  Adrian was ill so no one was outright angry (because no one is that much of a bitch) but it still made people sad…

So what I’m wondering is does this, waiting a loooong time from one book to the next, dampen your enthusiasm about the series?

I don’t think it’s as bad if the release date was always a long ways away.  What I find frustrating is when release dates get pushed back again and again and again.  I understand it needs to be done, but it’s still frustrating.

When it comes to Burned, I have to admit that I am not overly excited about this book.  I was not overly pleased with Iced, having many issues with it.  I was planning on reading Burned because I thought I should.  So the release date being changed for that one is a little off-putting for me just because it’s adding to my not being overly excited about the release in the first place. That may not make sense, but there it is.  If it was a book I was dying for, like say a Kate Daniels book, I would probably camp outside the store the day before release day to get my hands on a copy, no matter how many times they push back the release date.

Now you tell me what you think:  Do long waits between installments mean less interest in a series/book for you?

  1. Sometimes it does. I totally end up forgetting there is going to be another book 🙂

  2. In the end yes, there are books I have given up on cos too long and I forget

  3. Depends on how invested I am in the series. If it’s a great favorite, I’ll prepare for a long awaited release by rereading the books that came before it. Worse than long waits are disappointing sequels that come out undercooked,

  4. Yes, it does. Even though I know authors are not writing machines and sometimes life happens, when the waiting time is something extremely long like 2 years or more I lose interest in the book. When the book finally comes out I don’t even remember previous book events and I hate to be lost in a book.
    There are some series that I have even forgotten about because of this same reason.

  5. Yes, with as much as I read, having to wait an extremely long time for the next book is a big turn off. I won’t remember what I read in the previous book and I don’t always have time to re-read an entire series when there are so many other great books coming out everyday.

  6. You know my feelings on Iced, Julie, so it should come as no surprise that I really haven’t been looking forward to Burned. Part of me is still clinging to a small shred of hope that Ms. Moning will turn things around and make the Danny series as amazing as Mac’s. That part of me also hopes that this delay means she’s really polishing things up and making the book fantastic. But I’m honestly not sure the series can be redeemed for me at this point. It’s so bad, that I’m even considering not reading the next two Mac books when they release. I’m afraid Moning will taint that character for me too.

    But outside of the realm of Moning’s work, I’d say I don’t mind delays if it means the other produces a fantastic book. Now if I wait for 5 years, and get crap, like Dance of Dragons from George RR Martin (ok, maybe not crap, but not what I was hoping for… Dance of Dragons should have had dragons fighting, darn it!), then I get pissed and consider avoiding the series until it’s all published.

  7. It’s definitely frustrating when there are delays like you mentioned. I have been on pins & needles waiting for Burned and hearing that there is another delay is disheartening, to say the least. That happened once during the Fever series, too and as frustrating as it was, in the end it was ok because the book was amazing when it was finally released. The Alex Craft series is another that the date keeps getting pushed back and its even more frustrating because the author hasn’t updated her website since 2012 so there seems to be no end in sight for the waiting. But inevitably, no matter the wait time, I will still pick up the book when it comes out.

  8. I would say that a long wait between installments is disheartening, but I never find myself disinclined to actually read the book. Delays are a bit more irritating. Don’t release a date if you don’t intend to stick to it!

    From what I’ve heard, there will be some Mac POVs in Burned, for those who are disappointed in Dani and Iced. I feel like I’m one of the few who didn’t mind Iced, but I think KMM heard her readers’ displeasure and changed how she was moving forward with these books. There were also originally going to be three “Dani” books and she shortened it to two (one of the reasons for the delay). Then we’ll get back to the “Mac” books.

  9. I think a wait is a testament to how much the series affected me. Only time will tell, like you I am so invested Kate Daniels I would be upset but nothing would stop me buying it the moment it comes out however long to comes out. Some series however You forget about and when the book finally comes out you think, do I really care what happens? So if a series isn’t that great then I don’t buy it. I’d say from an authors perspective until it becomes a big hit you can’t afford a long wait. Like Michele says the next Alex Craft has been a long time coming, but I absolutely adored the books and will buy no matter what.

    The Fever series is a bad example for me as I read the series and was sort of meh about them (sorry I know most people loved them) and Dani irritated me beyond all belief so I haven’t read Iced. I read them once they were all out but if I had a long wait in that series I certainly wouldn’t have bought the next. Personal preference I suppose.

  10. I find the series baiting/waiting game to be the absolute devil– a manipulative device of the publishing industry to be spurned and derided as anathema to good storytelling. Having fallen victim to George RR Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire almost a decade ago, I am just as wary of being roped into an extended series as I am of being sent to jail. The wait to be free of a runaway plot is that bad. I usually wait until at least three books are published, and really get resentful of plot arcs that bloat out to even 5. In the case of Moning, I read her Highlander books, which were not so brutally dependent upon one another. I didn’t feel that series grift. I was blindsided by Fever, however. Nowadays, I ignore anything purporting to a series. Consequently, I’m not reading much fiction. Reading is fiction is pretty much like an author saying, “hey, I have an intriguing idea, but I wanna ramble it out in fits and starts like a sloppy drunk. You in?” Eh, No thank you. I’ll take a single, concisely told bit of enchantment,

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