Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

Box Sets
by Nancy J. Cohen

It’s exciting to try something new. I love to read series. I’ll get hooked on the characters and their world and devour the stories, like I’m doing now with Lindsay Buroker’s Star Kingdom science fiction world. When I turn the last page in this eight-book series, I’ll be sad to leave those people behind. Do you feel this way when you finish reading a series?

Now that I have sixteen books in my Bad Hair Day Mysteries, I’ve decided to bundle them together into sets of three. I’m excited to offer my series to fans in this format. New readers might be more tempted to try the stories, considering the savings involved, and then they’d have the next set shortly thereafter for binge reading.

How much work was required? Not a whole lot, except for reading other authors’ advice on the subject. I had to strip out all the front and back matter from each individual title and recreate these materials specifically for each volume in the box sets. The copyright page is where the data for the box set goes along with each title’s copyright dates and ISBNs. I’d also added a page in front with blurbs for each included book. My cover artist and formatter did the rest.

Marketing these bundles will be different. I’ll be promoting the entire series and releasing these as early as two months apart. Getting word out there will be the biggest challenge. The first set releases on May 1st but is available for pre-order now.

Do you like box sets? Have you found new authors this way? When you get hooked on a series, do you buy individual titles or look for book bundles?

Comments

  1. Congrats! Look forward to hearing more about box sets.

  2. Love your idea of the boxed sets! Thanks for sharing and all the best with sales!!! Richard

  3. Love box sets. The more books the better. Love the box set cover. When I buy a book in a series and get hooked I look for both bundles and individual titles. Would love to read and review books in print format

  4. Congrats on the box set, Nancy! Maggie’s right, your cover designer did a great job. Best of luck with the foray into something new!

  5. Looks great, Nancy–best of luck!

  6. maggietoussaint says

    First, I think your cover designer did a great job of creating an eye-catching and inviting cover. Those color combinations are awesome. Second, I love boxed sets too. They’re a great way to ease into a long-running series without breaking the bank, and that’s something so many are looking for these days. Best of luck with this grouping of books 1-3 of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries!!!

  7. I’ve been in several multi-author box sets and have also spearheaded two. They’re a great way for readers to discover new authors and for authors to discover new readers. I’ve also grouped my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries into 2-book box sets (3 for the novellas).

  8. Your new box set looks fab and is a great way to introduce new readers to your series or catch up those (like me) who started well into it. Good luck!

  9. cherylhollon says

    This is a fantastic way to purchase an entire series and be sure you haven’t missed one.

  10. Cinda Unruh says

    I enjoy box sets, they are a great way to jump into a series. After reading one I am hooked and ready for more.

  11. Having enjoyed the books in this series, but knowing I’ve missed some, this is a reasonable $$ way for me to pick up the new ones and enjoy the old ones again.