Thursday, August 20, 2015

Your Favorite Author's Backlist

Few things are more delightful than discovering a new author whose work you love. You devour all their current releases, then drum your fingers impatiently until the next release comes out. Demanding, I'm sure, that they write faster. Searching their website or Amazon daily for news. Then you discover their backlist. Gleeful with joy, you start reading...only to discover it's not what you expected or not on a par with the current work. That's not to say the backlist is horrible. It's merely different and not what drew you to that author in the first place. Your knee-jerk reaction might be, "I'm never reading this author again." You might want to reconsider despite your disappointment.

Why is there a difference between new stories and older ones?

Simply put, writing is a business. As with all businesses, the more you work at it, the better you get. Through the years authors hone their craft like fine-edge steel. They are learning and growing as you would expect any professional person to do. So their new work (the story that captured you in the first place) is a result of years of experience.

Be patient. Don't give them up. Their new stories will come out and you'll fall in love all over again.

Caitlyn Willows

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