Yes, it’s a bit early and I’m not being politically correct about the “December holiday period”, I’m thinking about holidays in general, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving (since we just had Thanksgiving) and stories that are written with a holiday theme. Some publishers seem to come out with little sets of shorts with holiday themes; others just seem to publish random books set around a particular holiday.
I wondered if the readers out there like to buy holiday books. Do you only buy them at the holiday time, i.e. Christmas books in December, Halloween books in October or do you buy them year around? I will buy Halloween themed books any time. I love the holiday and am happy to read about Halloween in March. For some reason Christmas not so much. I have bought Christmas themed shorts outside of the December season but not as often as Halloween stories.
As an author, do you find it kind of a waste of your time and effort with regard to sales as you really have a pretty small window of opportunity since not everyone is like me and buying Halloween shorts in May. Or do you see it as a way to get your name out there to people who might not “know” you for your other work?
Many holiday shorts also revisit characters an author has created in other non-holiday works. I can think of two Christmas shorts, one from JL Langley’s Tin Star and one from Jourdan Lane’s Soul Mates series. Do you prefer that or not really care? I do find it a bit awkward when I’m not familiar with the characters and am faced with a short that assumes I know who they are and the world they are living in, but enjoy it when I do. What do you prefer?