Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. I’ve heard several authors say that summer isn’t a good time to release a book. I can’t speak to that personally since I’ve never released one at that time. At least, not yet. Curious, I recently Googled “best times to release a book” and found several articles that say anytime is good as long as you market the release. As you know, marketing is especially important for Indie Authors.
But today, I’m not going to talk about marketing or writing (well not too much). I want to discuss reading.
Before I became a writer, I was an avid reader. It was nothing for me to read two or three books a week. Those were the days before eBooks and Amazon, so I frequented the brick-and-mortar stores, including used bookstores.
While there is nothing like curling up with a good book on a rainy or snowy day, I enjoy reading year-round. The summer of 1980 was an especially hot one in Texas. I had a hammock in our back yard and couldn’t wait to get home each day, change into comfortable clothes, grab a book, relax, and read. I didn’t keep a list of what I read in those days, but let’s say I would have had no trouble meeting or exceeding a Goodreads challenge.
Today, my TBR list never seems to dwindle. For every book I read, I somehow add two or three more to the list. And the good thing about eBooks is you can store an entire library on a small device. Whenever we go on vacation, my Kindle goes with me. If I’m waiting in a doctor’s office or somewhere I’ll be a long time, I pull out my Kindle. Lunch break at work? Yep, you got it.
Many avid readers don’t care what season it is. Bookworms love to read. Period. Winter, spring, summer, fall—they find time to indulge in their favorite pastimes.
So, how does reading tie back to writing or releasing a book? As I said earlier, I can’t speak first-hand as an author, but as a reader, it doesn’t matter to me when a book is released. I have a few authors who are on my auto-buy list and you can bet I’m going to grab a copy of their latest release—especially if it’s on sale.
Your turn. Have you ever released a book during the summer months? What’s been your experience? As a reader, do you read more during the winter, summer, or both? I’d love to hear your thoughts.