Before I became an author, I had no idea what a backlist was. In case you don’t either, this word means “a publisher’s older books that are still in print”. Therefore, backlist titles are basically books that are not new releases.
The reason I bring this up is because I recently polled my newsletter subscribers and asked them, how many books in my backlist have they read? The answers I received really surprised me!
Here’s the breakdown:
-About half of those who replied (47%) said they’d either read 1 to 3 of my books or 5 to 10 of them.
-Another 37% were evenly split between having read 3 to 5 of my books or having read over 10.
-A surprising 13% had not read any, yet they were subscribed to my newsletter and had taken the time to do the survey.
-Lastly, 3% had read my entire backlist, which is around 30-something books.
When I shared these results with some author friends who had also polled their newsletter followers with the same question, they said they’d gotten similar results as well. What surprised us all was the realization that most of our readers haven’t read through our backlist. I had been under the impression that many had done so already, based on the feedback I’d received from a handful of readers. But I was wrong (which does happen lol)!
So now I’m here to ask you the same question: Do you usually read through an author’s backlist? Why or why not? If you answered no, I’d like to know what’s stopping you, assuming you like an author’s writing style? And what would encourage you to “bring on the backlist” and read all the books a particular author has written?
Okay, that was more like four questions, so thank you for taking the time to answer them!
Giveaway: I’d like to give away a $5 Amazon gift card. One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Sunday, September 4th.