Hooray for new books, but don’t forget the old ones.


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.

Write quicker.

Write shorter.

Write more.

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 trailers.

New promotion.

New marketing.

New blog tours.

New advertising.

More tweets.

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.



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  • Caleb Pirtle

    It may be an old book to the author. After all, it was published and released years ago. But it’s a new book to the reader who discovers it for the first time.

  • I’m getting further behind every day. Now I have to have OLD books?

    I’m working as hard as I can to have A book.

    Dang. this world is passing me by. Again.

    Oh, well. It’s a good thing I don’t get discouraged (or if I do, I don’t let you guys see it).

    Now, where was I in my HTML?

  • jack43

    Good books are golden. They don’t tarnish with age. We won’t know if a modern book is good until it has had time to linger in our memories and we can see whether or not it tarnishes…

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Well said, Jack. I know that books I read and revere from long ago probably aren’t as good as I remember. But, still, I believe they are.

  • Agreed. I have books that are old that I have read many times, and I’m yet to grow tired of them. That is why I collect books. I sometimes get goosebumps when I see my books and I remember when I read them last. I remember where I was in life at the time and how they gave surge to my emotions then, and how, by just noticing them, they do again. That is the power of a good book. Awesome post, Caleb.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      I fear that authors are the guilty ones, Woelf. We are so excited about a new book that we shove the last one and the older ones aside. Those are the ones I want to promote, the forgotten books.

      • Sometimes I think my books are forgotten, but then I should write faster and more. 😛

  • Don Newbury

    The books I write if put down aren’t picked up….

    • Caleb Pirtle

      They should be. Old stories are often better than the new ones.

  • Well said. And it’s so true. I’m guilty of it, too. But I find when I go back to update the writing of an old book I enjoy reading it again. It’s like visiting an old friend I haven’t seen in years.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Sue, I’m always trying to write better and make sure the next book is better than the last. However, when I go back and read one of my books that’s several years old, I fear it may be better than the one I’m working on. Each book, for better or worse, is a single moment frozen in time.

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