Thank you, VBC for having me here today and help support the release of my new book, The Vengeful Dead, second in my Deadworld series. It’s out now, with the third book, The Lingering Dead due out in April. For those of you who have checked out Deadworld (VBC review), I hope you enjoy book two, and for those who have not, I hope you give my gritty, supernatural-crime-romance series a try. Anyway, enough of the promo stuff. On to more entertaining things.
For those of you who shop, okay, pretty much everyone here, you are likely familiar with the add-on. It’s that little extra bit that sales people try to get you to buy to go along with whatever purchase you happen to be making. The incentive here is that because you are getting the first item, the add-on will feel like something to make that first purchase even better. The really good add-on is something you end up feeling you can’t do without. Been there, done that, yes?
As you may have guessed in my bringing up this topic, publishing is not without the add-on as well. You will find short stories, novellas, encyclopedias, cookbooks, and so on that are related to a central book or series. I know several authors who have done this, taking side characters that readers may have spoken up about, and given them their own little bonus material. For popular series, my impression of these add-ons is that readers do indeed enjoy them and buy them.
I will not be an exception to this rule. I had a number of readers who read Deadworld complain about the fact that the vampire hero’s backstory (Nick Anderson) was not given enough air time. It was not fleshed out to their satisfaction, and to be honest, they were right. It was almost told in passing, with little detail, which I did, for the most part, to conserve word count. It was not that I didn’t find this aspect of the story interesting, because it is. Nick’s backstory as an Old West sheriff, who encounters the villainess vampire Cornelius Drake and ends up in a tragic showdown, is the basis upon which Deadworld came into being. It’s a bloody, sad, and gruesome beginning to my story that deserved to be told, and I failed to do so.
So, in the name of added content, I’ll be writing up a short story that details Nick’s beginning as a vampire and how Drake became his arch enemy. It will serve the purpose of addressing an expressed desire of the readers as well as hopefully providing some incentive for new readers to pick up the series. Yay for value-added content!
So, given I know many of you have likely picked up some of this added on content for stories you have read, I’d like to hear from you about some of the good (or bad) content you’ve come across that has been in addition to books you have read. Do you find them worthwhile? Do they inspire to you buy more of the author’s books? Have you checked out some of this added content before actually buying a new series? I’m curious what your experiences are.
And to provide a bit of incentive, I’ll give away a signed copy of The Vengeful Dead (and Deadworld if you have not read that one), and even a signed flat for the upcoming third book, due out in April. Happy reading/writing everyone! Thank you for the feedback.
Giveaway rules: Leave a comment answering Jim’s questions above. One winner will be randomly selected. Make sure to leave your comment before 11:59 p.m. CST Nov. 1, 2011. Open to U.S. and Canada addresses only.