Although the first book in the trilogy I wrote for children ‘The Dreamstealers’, was published ten years ago, a major excitement this past couple of weeks has been putting the three books onto a digital format, making it available online and on Kindle!! I really look forward to a re-interest in them since I always felt that they were chased out of their true audience by other bigger books from other bigger publishers which came out around the same time. It is fair to the publishers’ marketing departments to recognise that their responsibility is obviously to their most recent product, but what seems unfair to the writer is that unlike some other areas of the arts it moves at such speed that there is not even time enough to do a proper publicity campaign before being shoved out of the way by the next best thing coming along.
It is unlikely, unless it gets turned into a film, that any book will continue to attract attention, after the first few days it is around. The truism that today’s newspaper makes tomorrow’s chip wrapping, is equally applicable to books, which is sad for writers who have often spent years on a piece of work. However, with publishing on the internet a new audience may enjoy what was the privilege of the few who saw the original publicity. Hooray for Kindle and hooray for Amazon for making it so easy to transpose work from one medium to another!