Reasons to Bundle

14 Jul

Wondering whether you should invest a few bucks in a bundle of books. No doubt you should and here’s some reasons why.

Bundoran Press is currently involved in an ebook story bundle (you can buy it here) made up of books that won or were finalists for Canada’s Prix Aurora Award. For those who don’t know, the Aurora’s are Canada’s fan-voted award for speculative fiction—encompassing science fiction, fantasy, horror and similar genres. They are out national equivalent to the Hugo. Many writers who have been nominated for or won an Aurora have also won Hugos, Nebulas, and World Fantasy Awards.

So we’re pretty proud to have had five novels nominated for Aurora Awards over the years, including the one included in this bundle, Defining Diana by Hayden Trenholm. Obviously, we’d like to see you buy the bundle—just based on the quality of the work. In doing so you would be supporting 11 writers (one of the novels is co-written), as well as a number of publishers, so they can produce more quality fiction.

But there is more to it than that. Book bundles have become an important way of introducing fans to new writers and of boosting the careers of those writers who are just starting out by linking their books to more established and well-known writers, such as, in this case, Robert J. Sawyer, David Duncan and Edward Willett.

From the reader’s perspective, finding a new favorite author is a great experience but can be a bit of a hit or miss endeavor, especially when you are paying $6-10 for a book by an unknown. With a bundle, you can get at least 5 books for $5 or 10 for as little as $15. Even if you only like 3 or 4 of the 10 books, you’ll have done all right and, since all of these books have already been pre-screened for you (through the awards nomination process), your chances of liking even more are even greater. Better yet, because most of these writers have numerous other books, if one catches your fancy, you can look forward to reading many more.

The Aurora story bundle might be of particular interest to non-Canadian readers. While most of the included titles and writers are fairly well-known to fans in Canada, some have had limited exposure in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia and beyond. What better way to get introduced to a different SF perspective, then by sampling 10 Canadian books for only $1.50 each?

Story bundles can also help the writers among you as well. This one has some great lessons for writers. Three of the books—Golden Fleece, Drowning in Amber and Defining Diana—are SF-mystery crossovers, all done in very different styles. For those interested in writing across genres, it’s a great writing lesson.

Doug Smith—who curated the bundle and whose collection of short stories, Impossibilia, is included—has sold more stories to more foreign markets than anyone. Reading through his stories, you’ll see why he has such broad international appeal. You’ll also get introduced to Doug’s useful advice on how you too can become an international star.

And if you pay close attention, you’ll see how story bundles are put together and maybe figure out a way to get your book included in a future one. The benefits are enormous. While a fan might buy the bundle to get access to Dave Duncan’s exciting novel, The Cursed, or Marie Bilodeau’s delightful Destiny’s Blood, they will also meet up with 8 other books that they might like even better. That book could be yours.

Every writer wants two things—to be read and to be paid. Story bundles are a great way to have both. New books get exposure to hundreds, even thousands of new readers, while older books get new life when young fans discover just how rich the heritage of speculative fiction is. And while the money has to be spread out over many writers, if the volume is high it’s not a bad payday. And that’s not a bad thing.

So buy the bundle for the enjoyment of reading and maybe pick up a few tips on how to expand your own writing careers as well.

 

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