Hooray for new books, but don’t forget the old ones.
June 25, 2015
I HAVE GROWN accustomed to criticism.
Most of it is deserved.
A lot of it is self-inflicted.
Sometimes, however, I put up a defense.
This is one of those times.
As you know, we have one distinct mission at Caleb and Linda Pirtle.
We want to connect readers and writers and books.
So I spend a lot of time finding great books.
I spend a lot of time tracking down great writers.
And I hope our twenty-five thousand readers a month like them as much as I do.
Linda has her Author’s Showcase every day.
I have begun featuring excerpts from books so readers can discover just how really good out indie authors are.
Our Book of the Moment Club daily features both an eBook and an Audiobook selection.
More often than not, the books we feature happen to be older books, those published and released last year or maybe even several years ago.
The criticism is this.
Why don’t you work harder to feature new books and only new books?
After all, our authors are working hard to produce as many books as possible, probably writing two, three, or more books a year.
That seems to be the newest trend.
If you have more titles on Amazon, you can sell more books.
It makes sense to me.
But as a result, everyone is focusing on new their books.
New blog tours.
But what about the old books?
You write a new book.
You’re excited about it.
New books are always the best books we’ve ever written.
At least, that’s what we believe.
So we race on and leave our old books lying in the dust.
They become obsolete before everyone knows they’ve been written.
Old books have been shoved aside.
They are the neglected orphans.
New in February.
Collecting dust in July.
So I find them.
And I promote them.
Old books may be old. But they’re new to somebody.
And I believe in them.
New books are great.
But I love the old books, too.