[LMB] Book subtitles
Walter S Bushell
proto at panix.com
Mon Aug 1 18:06:23 BST 2016
> On Aug 1, 2016, at 11:38, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:58:56 -0500 (CDT), Lois McMaster Bujold
> <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
>> The subtitles are an artifact of Amazon's rigid automated series-listing
>> constraints. One has to choose a single series order, which is numbered
>> and insists on calling the whatever a "book", even when it's a shorter
>> piece. (Most lately with the two Penric novellas.) We chose to go with
>> internal-chronological for the VK-verse, which rather artificially casts
>> _Falling Free_ as "Book 1" even though it was the 4th book I wrote and
>> had published. Which at least has resulted in an uptick of sales for
>> _FF_, but may be a bit confusing for some new readers when they go on to
>> _Shards_ and it's not more of the same. Well, as long as they're
>> reading _something_...
>> It's worth doing despite the awkward constraints, because then one taps
>> into the automated series cross-referencing which helps more people find
>> more of the books. And, of course, helps those who want to start and
>> read "in order".
>> I have appended my own more fluid Bujold reading-order guide at the tail
>> end of every direct-placement e-book, but, of course, no prospective
>> customer sees that till they've already bought and read at least one
>> e-book. (And noticed it there.) A bit late off the mark, but it's
>> something. But, really, most book browsers want something simpler and
>> more succinct than a 2000-word essay when shopping.
> I for one like to see some indication of series order when I come across
> a new series, and my *preferred* reading order is
> internal-chronological. The question then is, what do you do when the
> author thinks of a plot for "MySeries 3.5"?
That happens oft in the Uterine Replicator Universe and also the 5 Gods
series where the last written would be zero. Of course _Falling Free_ could
be call Book #0 and _Dreamweaver_ Book #-1?!
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