So, I’ve been absent for a while and decided it was time to get my butt in gear and start reading – and reviewing – more books to share with you. While I was scouring Amazon for new titles to get into, it came to my attention that the majority of the books that caught my interest were the third or fourth instalments of a series. Now, there is nothing wrong with books that have more than one part – Deja King’s Bitch and Wahida Clark’s Thugs series are testament to that. However, it has brought up a question that I’m sure many of you are thinking – why are urban lit writer’s writing five part series instead of a solid one part book?
Before I continue, let me make it clear that although I am a writer I am not a novelist so cannot do what these authors do. Yet as an avid reader, when I purchase a book it is under the impression that it is a finished story that concludes once I turn the last page. Nevertheless, a quick look at the urban book genre in the Amazon Kindle store will show you that almost every new title available (at least that’s what it seems like) is accompanied by at least two more parts. When I receive recommendations via email, the books are hardly ever one-part novels.
If the authors have the writing capabilities such as the aforementioned King and Clark then there wouldn’t be much to complain about. Both ladies have created original and riveting storylines completed by strong and credible characters. Yet the books that I have come across usually consist of poor editing, a lacklustre plot and weak character development. This then continues into the following instalments, with the quality steadily decreasing thus making way for a frustrating read. I recognise that a large majority of the authors are first time writers who have taken the brave step of self publishing in order to get their work seen. But I believe they should spend more time enhancing their craft on a single book thereby creating a solid following and then progress onto a series of books.
I want to support new writers and I want to read their stories; but it wouldn’t hurt to keep things on a small scale until your name becomes more than a whisper within the genre.