I have a half-hearted rant. I started reading Hit Me by Lawrence Block last weekend and realized after the first couple of pages of the first story, Keller in Dallas, I’d read this novella before. In fact it was two years ago that I read Keller in Dallas and reviewed it on my blog in 2011. It was a good short story and it’s featured in his new book along with some other short stories (didn’t know they were short stories). The thing is, I didn’t know that this novella would be re-introduced in the new book and nowhere does it say on the cover or on the book description that one of the stories was published separately.
Granted Hit Me has 352 pages (Amazon page count) and the author acknowledged to me that Keller in Dallas was the only one published separately (two years ago).That’s fine but the failure to mention this anywhere in the book description? I find that to be problematic and I hold the publisher accountable. I already think that the relationship between publishers and readers leaves much to be desired. This isn’t the first time that I’ve felt duped by publishers when it comes to marketing their books. You could probably list a few yourself like when they allow authors to re-write their stories and release them as new books? or re-title books that you’ve probably already read? In a nutshell, this issue was just annoying. #firstworldproblems