I picked up a book from the library yesterday and began to read it last night. Yikes! Is the type small. It’s like the anti-large-print book. I’m lucky. By taking off my glasses, I can read it just fine, but most people can’t.
The book was printed back in 1987. So every single copy sold was hard copy. Someone walked into a bookstore (this predates Amazon by 7 years), looked at the type and put it back on the shelf.
The publisher had a choice to produce a larger book, but chose to save on paper and ink. Then when it didn’t sell, I’m sure they blamed the author.
Why does publishing continually shoot itself in the foot and then say we’re the problem?
Here’s a shot of a recent Stephanie Plum mystery which I’d just finished re-reading next to “Double Whammy” by Carl Hiaasen:
Luckily, he went on to be a popular bestseller. But it’s one more thing for us authors to watch out for if we get a print deal.
Don’t get me wrong, I *want* a publishing contract with a print deal, I just want to be wary of the things that could go awry.