Despite the lack of sunshine, it’s definitely summer – or rather, that time of year when live tennis is on (free-to-air) TV. Hence the sparseness of posts around here, which will likely continue for the next few weeks.
pouring drizzly and the tennis has stopped for the day, so a few links…
Rosie Claverton‘s post on notes she gets from her editor makes me smile – “what’s a chav” indeed. One thing I really like about her Amy Lane mystery series is the sense of place I get from her writing, so it’s interesting to see some of the questions her (American) editor asks.
I thought this was an insightful post on female writers in fantasy by Tansy Rayner Roberts @ SF Signal. I don’t think I’ve ever felt the lack of female fantasy authors myself – at least half, if not more, of the SFF books on my shelves are by female authors. I sometimes wonder if that’s also because I read a lot of romance, which is so female-dominated.
Not exactly breaking news, but it’s a pretty cover – Rachel Aaron‘s cover for her upcoming ONE GOOD DRAGON DESERVES ANOTHER. I found the first book a whole load of fun, so this one’s definitely on my to-buy list.
Also, she posted her (or rather, her husband’s) number-crunching on reader retention rates across a series, which was interesting – not least because it backed up her viewpoint of “the first book sells the second, but the second sells the series”.
As a reader, I think that’s pretty accurate – the first book in a series needs to be strong in order to get me to pick up the second, but by the end of the second book, I’m either invested in the characters or not. And if I am, then I really want to know what happens next.
Having said that, I do think my reading habits have changed over the years – it used to be really difficult for me to stop reading a series (the row of Laurell K Hamilton and Janet Evanovich books occupying prime bookshelf space being an excellent example of that). Nowadays, I’m quite happy to abandon series halfway if the books aren’t living up to my expectations. Any thoughts on this?