Book Pet Peeves is a feature where I do a mini-rant about bookish things that annoy me. Feel free to join in!
Self-publishing is definitely shaping the bookish world and the publishing world. There are some good aspects to it but there are bad aspects as well. One of the coolest things for me is the author is in complete control of their books. They see what sells and what doesn’t. They can give their fans more as quickly as they’d like to. They don’t have to wait for a publisher to help them publish the next books.
The big downside to that is authors leaving series unfinished. I’m not going to ‘shame’ any self-published author but there was one that I enjoyed. I read several books by the author. I guess those books (YA) weren’t selling well so the author ‘abandoned’ those books. That was right around the time erotica was becoming hugely popular in the self-publishing world. The author attempted those books and I guess they were wildly successful because they now exclusively write those books.
I’m torn on this. I know it’s hard to be an author. I know you want to make money. I just feel pushed aside as a reader when an author chooses not to finish a series. I like closure. You’ve started these books, why don’t you finish them out? Since they are in charge, they could devote a few hours a week to finishing out the ‘forgotten’ series. I’m not saying they need to write books and books for a series that isn’t selling well but some kind of wrap up is needed.