All those ‘sometime’ tasks that never get done – do you have a list of those? I certainly do.
Every year, I get a summary from the British Lending Library of the number of times my work has been borrowed. For each of these, I receive a modest payment. The breakdown shows which of my books has earned the most. Every year I notice that ‘Evil Echoes’, my second book never attracts any interest.
I know from my own reading habits that if I’ve read a book I enjoy, I search for other titles by the same author. Did this mean, that every single reader of my first book, ‘Long Shadows’, was so unimpressed they never searched for my second title?
Had something gone wrong with the entry on the British Library database? Every year, I shrugged and added it to the pile of ‘sometime’ tasks.
Intermittently received emails and SM posts from readers to ask how they could find my second book as they had been told by their local library that it didn’t exist. What did I do? Yup, I popped it back in the in-tray to look at later…
Lockdown-1. Absolutely no excuse for not shifting the pile of stuff in the in-tray. I did about half of it…
Lockdown-2. A slight degree of “here we go again'”apathy meant I didn’t go anywhere near the remainder of my ‘sometime’ tasks.
Lockdown-3. Coincided with my annual summary from the British Lending Library. Blowing the dust and cobwebs of the “notes to self” in the very bottom of my in-tray, there it was – “check to make sure British Library has correct information for second book”.
Over four years after publication and many ignored requests from readers, this is what I found… OMW!!! #EggOnFace
So with an enormous apology to my readers for my amateurism, I am commencing the belated task of getting the information changed.
A salutary lesson to everyone not to ignore those ‘sometime’ tasks – putting it crudely, it might be costing you money.
Huge unashamed plug – there is a modest fee for a book to be transferred from another lending library but if you have Amazon Prime, you can read any of my eBooks without charge and below is the link to ‘Evil Echoes’ – written by ME!