Well, I’d wondered if Threat Multiplication (Book 2) might be a better introduction to the Slowpocalypse series than Book 1, and I think I have my answer. After making Threat Multiplication free and promoting that for a couple weeks, I’ve already seen twice as many downloads of it as I did for Book 1 during the 3 months I made it available for free. So it seems to have greater appeal to potential readers, even though it’s the second in the series, than Certain Hypothetical. Whether that’s the title, cover, blurb, or a combination of those elements, I don’t know. But there you go.
And I’ve gotten more read-through to the rest of the series, so apparently Book 2 hooks people on the characters and larger story better than Book 1. That’s not surprising, really, as I did something different with Certain Hypothetical that makes it atypical for a first story in a series. But it’s definitely interesting to see how readers respond.
Meanwhile, I’ve been re-reading some of my most cherished Christie mysteries this week. Trying new authors is fun (especially when I find a new favorite) but there’s something special about revisiting a really great book. And Agatha is a brilliant (and surprisingly underrated) writer.