Dancing to Dirges

Depressing and happy things Tim says, sometimes while drunk

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Grim Toll

Today is the official release date for Dead of Veridon. It's my book day, hooray. Okay? Enough celebration? Let's look at some tacks, made up of brass.

Dead of Veridon is the second book in this series. Heart of Veridon, as we all know, didn't do brilliantly out of the gate. There are a variety of reasons for it, but the simple fact is that the book shipped to every B&N and Borders in the US, and most of those got returned. That creates a precedent. Regardless of the reasons for the book not doing well, it creates a pattern that gets lodged into the algorithms of the industry, and there are repercussions.

In this case, it means that the second book just doesn't get the same distribution. In Chicagoland, precisely one B&N is carrying the book. Only five Borders have it, which is maybe a third of the remaining storefronts. My parents have precisely one location they can buy the book in all of Western NC. So it's not a pretty picture.

This is unsurprising. Part of the problem I had when writing the book was simply the fact that I didn't see a path whereby this novel got to much of an audience. It's disappointing to put so much effort into a work and then see it falter, but that's just the nature of this industry. Which gets us back to the algorithms.

I consider it likely that this will be the last "Tim Akers" book. That's particularly difficult, but I've achieved a track record of imperfect sales and disappointing returns. I can't undo that. The thing I'm working on now may well come out under a pen name. It's a disappointing result, but it's where I am. So. Buy the book, but I'm going to start practicing a new signature.


At 1:58 AM , Blogger Dave Harvey said...

Where can I buy your book(s) out here in California? B&N? I have to admit, I'm looking forward to reading something from someone I actually know in real life...

At 2:05 PM , Blogger Tim Akers said...

Dave! California's a pretty big place, but I think you SD, right? There's one B&N that shows it in stock, but that's in La Mesa. None of the SD B&Ns seem to have it. Also the Borders in Mission Valley carries it. And, of course, my whole library is available on Amazon.

At 4:12 PM , Blogger TheFitz86 said...

Hey, Tim. I have to first and foremost say, I'm a big fan of your work. The Burn Cycle is by far and away my favorite. I gather that your disappointed with the lackluster sales of your new release. Myself, and a good handful of my friends included, loved the book. Please, please... keep doing what your doing and a good handful of us here in Michigan look forward to reading the next installment of the series.

At 9:53 AM , Blogger Tim Akers said...

Well, I appreciate that, M. Fitz. Sadly there's no publisher who will touch another Veridon book. Since I'm doing this writing thing while holding down a full time job, I have to dedicate what little writing time I have each day to things I can sell, in the hope of someday doing this full time.

I will say that Veridon is always going to be my favorite project. I'm proud of the place, of the aesthetic, and the characters. I wish I could have done it a better service.


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