[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"?
> 
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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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