There are some things I’d like to see happen, or have control of with my books (I haven’t completed the first one yet, but I have some ideas on where a book can end and another begin, should this become a series). This is all hypothetical, if I have tons of control, and if my books go wide, like being being available at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Chapters...
I’m a fan of continuity with the design and layout of a book. Let’s take for example some series like The Inheritance Cycle, The Hunger Games Trilogy, or even Twilight – all the books have an identical cover design and style, etc. I would like my books to have that. One cover artist, illustrator or designer working on all books would be ideal. Even type, any maps etc..
As much as I love George R.R. Martin’s Ice and Fire series (my favorite, actually) the style of the books has changed over the years; which can make things a tad…irksome for those who would like to have everything in a series to match. This in part to me being a completist. I cannot have a series that is mixed with hardcover & paperback in my collection. I did when I was younger, but since then I have all my series in either hardcover, or all in paperback. They all have a similar look.
Also, speaking of the actual books, I must address the format in how one reads. I personally love reading in part of having the actual book. I can understand the convenience of e-readers, and the environmental friendliness of them; but books should be kept alive. I’m not ruling e-books out, nor holding anything against them, but when my books launch, I want there to only be the hardcover edition for about a year. Then, after that, the paperback version would get released, about 10-14 months after the hardcover. I'm hoping for the same month but a year after. On the same day as the paperback release, the e-book version will also come out. That is to say if my book(s) are published by someone like Random House / Bantam Spectra, Knopf, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, etc and follow the typical pattern.
I don't have any plans or wishes at this point for 'special' 'deluxe' or 'limited' editions. I would like:
Books 1-5, hardcover
Books 1-5, paperback
Books 1-5, paperback
Books 1-5, e-format
(Books 1-5 audio?)
Books 1-5 Complete series box set, hardcover
Books 1-5 complete series box set, paperback
Books 1-5 complete series e-format.
I don't want any 'partial box sets' (for instance books 1-3 boxed together. There's no point - the series isn't finished yet.
That's about it...
As always with my entries, I appreciate & welcome comments. So I ask you - what, and how, would you like to see a book? I'm writing for me, so you readers have zero impact on the actual tales, but I'm curious how would like to read my stuff.