I have a question for you today… how do you feel about pre-orders on books? I’m not talking about from the author perspective, where if you get enough pre-orders you increase your chances of hitting a bestseller list, etc. I mean as a reader. If you can pre-order a book, will you? Will you click that button and let technology do the rest? Or will you hang on until the book is actually released, or hang on until pay day and get your copy? Does it depend on the price? On the author?
I’m genuinely intrigued by what people think on this topic. With the work I have available and coming up through publishers, of course I have no choice in whether it goes onto pre-order or not. Some publishers do it, others don’t. I guess it depends on how far ahead they work in editing and scheduling new releases.
But when it comes to self-publishing, I quite like having that option there as a backup. I’m the sort of person that likes to plan ahead, get things done. I’m not a last-minute type of person. So if I can get a book completed, edited and ready to upload, I prefer to do so. Then if real life intervenes or something goes wrong, at least I know, through the magic of technology, that the book will release anyway.
It also means there’s more time to fix things if they do happen to go wrong, or if the various retailers are slow in approving books. And it means that purchase links are generally available in plenty of time for release.
So for me, I like pre-order as it makes lots of things easier and less stressful. But what about you? Do you bother with it?
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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9