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?