Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Neth Space Review

I think this may be the first full-length blogger review The Sacred Band has received. I'm very pleased to say it's a terrific one. I met Neth early on in my entry into fantasy, so it feels great to have had his readership throughout the series. And, of course, it's wonderful to see that he appreciates what I attempting with the series - and that he thinks it worked!

He writes: "Durham’s ambitious trilogy takes the largely conservative genre of epic fantasy in a new direction of rather progressive thought and action and builds things up to a very fitting and satisfying conclusion."

He says other stuff too, which you can read HERE. By the way, he doesn't go into plot details at all, which is a nice plus.

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Blogger David said...

Is there anywhere we can find information on how popular the Acacia series is? I know sales is one way but I can't seem to find anything on that.

I hope with the trilogy completed people will pick this up knowing they won't have to wait.

4:29 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

It's hard to know how a book or series has really sold. It's easy to have a general idea, but getting actual numbers is tougher. Lots of numbers get thrown around, but the truth is that nobody really knows what the sales figures are except for the folks at a publishers accounting department. And they don't offer up those numbers in any public forum. And then there's the fact that so many readers don't actually buy a new copy of the book anyway... Oh, and the sales in one country may be totally different than a book's success in another country... There are lots of variables.

You can't even know that a book is popular by walking in to B&N and seeing what books are stacked on the front tables. All those slots are prime real estate that publishers essentially pay to have particular titles placed on. That can certainly create sales for the book, but on the other hand prime placement doesn't guarantee a title will do well. It might just lose the publisher money, in which case they're unlikely to invest much in that author after that.

What would I say in measuring the popularity of the series? Well, they're major publications that are widely reviewed and translated into about ten languages. Sales vary from country to country. They're good enough that writing is my main job, although I also teach writing at the Stonecoast MFA Program - which I like a lot.

That said, the popularity isn't such that I'm taking it easy as cash rolls in. Just the opposite. My level of publication keeps me hungry. Keeps me wanting to write more and better and faster. I very much want more readers. I also can only write books that I believe in and think are meaningful - and that's not always the quickest route to the bestseller lists.

So, I'm with you, David. I really do hope people will come to the series now that it's complete. A lot of people have told me they would over the years. Here's hoping they meant it and haven't forgotten!

Any spreading of the word that you can do would be much appreciated.

6:40 AM  

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