Back in February, my story Monster of the Deep was accepted into a Steampunk Anthology, Cogs, Crowns, and Carriages. It’s release is getting closer and closer, but first, there is a Kickstarter to support the artists and authors involved.
That will run from tomorrow, September 16th, to October 20th.
There is a second volume called Gears, Ghouls, and Gauges also full of awesome steampunk stories that you can support with the same campaign. Some of the rewards for supporting the campaign are free copies of ebooks, paperbacks, and audio versions of select stories. These are narrated by editor Phoebe Darqueling, myself, and several authors.
So I’ve been telling many of my Twitter writing pals that I don’t buy books blind. In other words, I don’t buy books I have not yet read. I’m always super wary of new books and having to spend money on something I don’t know I’ll like makes me shudder. There are exceptions to my rule though –
The book is highly recommended to me by people I trust or know very well. An example of this is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I am an avid listener of the podcast, Writing Excuses, and every half a dozen episodes, they would name drop this book. I thought it sounded awesome and eventually decided to take the plunge and buy it. (I loved book and its sequel, by the way)
The book is buy an author I love or is a sequel to one that I have read. I’ll pick up a Brandon Sanderson novel without having read it because I like his books. Likewise I grabbed the sequels to Locke Lamora immediately after reading the first and I didn’t read those two before buying.
But I recently preordered a book by an author I haven’t read and it was not recommended by other famous authors or close friends of mine and it got me thinking, “Maybe I don’t follow my own rule. Maybe I buy blindly more than I realize.”
In the past year or so I’ve bought:
Second Star by J.M. Sullivan
The Fated Blades Trilogy by Steve Bien
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Haze by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
1984 by George Orwell
Rose By Another Name by Melanie Thurlow
Alethia by Megan Tennant
And a few others which I have misplaced and forgotten their names.
These were all blind buys. Yes, I bought two trilogies without having read any of the books first. I still haven’t read them so I don’t know if I wasted my money or not. So far, most of the books I’ve completed and enjoyed.
I guess 1984 wasn’t so much of a blind buy, but aside from it being a classic, no one really had any convincing arguments as to why I should read it. i.e. great characters or awesome magic.
Perhaps buying blind isn’t as bad as I make it out to be, as long as I get my books.