Monday, September 16, 2013

The Open Savannah: Book Season?

Yesterday, we hit September's halfway mark, which is honestly kind of tough to believe.

As writers, we're often told that June-August is the so-called "slow season," when people go on vacation, play outdoors, and essentially turn their attention to non-reading pursuits.

It's always been a bit of an odd notion to me because all I do on vacation is read--that's when I can usually take the time to catch up on a lot of the novels and non-fiction stuff that I put off during the week to bring you posts like this. :)


To be fair, back in college, I read a lot for fun--much more than for class, but that's a different post for a different day. So maybe that has something to do with these shifts.

For some reason, a lot of folks simply don't get back into the swing of their reading habits until Labor Day, which is cool--far be it from me to tell people how to read!--so Authors eagerly await the uptick in sales that should accompany the return of book season.

I say "should" because I know some folks have been complaining about an "off" sales month on Amazon. I'll admit, my sales are a bit underwhelming thus far this month, as well.

But my question to you is "why?" Is it as simple as a change in Amazon's recommendation algorithm? Seasonal changes in books would point to the weather being a factor--it's perfect in the entire eastern half of the U.S. right now, but kind of terrible out west and honestly I don't want to list how it is in the rest of the world because you could easily go to weather.com to find that out!

Or is it because a lot of people spend their summer shepherding their kids around to various activities in their spare time? It's kind of tough to read while driving...

What's the driving force behind the start of "book season" in the fall? Let us know in the comments.

Happy Hunting!

D.J. Gelner is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hunt to Read. Check out his books on his Hunt to Read Profile. Contact him directly at djgelner@hunttoread.com.

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