Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies– ‘The New Baby’ Doing well and on a few Hot New Release lists. Great debut and it should improve as the blog tour commences and the promo sites go live. Will have a shiny newness for a little while.
Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero– ‘The Oldest Child’ Building up a little speed and getting attention due to the new book. People will always want to start at the beginning, so every new sibling will bring him some congratulatory attention.
Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower– ‘The Middle Child’ . . . Hey, guys! I’m over here! Look at me! Hello? Does nobody love me any more?
I’m definitely looking at a ‘Middle Child Situation’ right now. Without going into exact numbers, books 1 & 3 are selling while book 2 is being left in the dust. It could be that this is natural because a new book will always get more sales in a debut period and the first book gets more from those entering the series. This puts the second book in a bizarre limbo. People buying the third have probably already bought the second. People buying the first are giving the series a try, so they won’t touch the second unless they enjoy the first.
Is there anything that can be done? Maybe the following would work:
- Slip some second book promo into the new book promos.
- Do an occasional Tweet or FB post about the second book.
- Patience and see if book 2 gets a mid-month or January bump.
- Curl up under bed and mutter incoherently.
- Voodoo. (KFC no longer counts as sacrifice quality chicken. Spirits have standards, people!)
I know I’m doing this post after a weekend and early into the sales period, but it is something that I’ve been curious about. The numbers really seem to be going my way at this time, but there is another part of the Middle Child Syndrome that could appear. The second book could end up being the late bloomer and erupt later on, which could boost the other two. A series is all about synergy where the books work off each other, so I’ll be paying close attention to how adding a third to the mix works.
Anybody ever consider Middle Child Syndrome when dealing with a series as a writer or a reader?