How long is too long between book releases?
I hate it when I finish a book only to have to wait a year until the next book is set to release. There is nothing worse than being left with a huge cliff-hanger and being made to wait and wait and wait... So realistically, I would have to say no more than 6 months between books. However, I do know that this rarely - if ever - happens. Because of this, I have started to not read books that are beginnings of a series because I hate to wait for the next book. For example, the Nightshade books by Andrea Cremer: I would love to read this series, but I will wait until they are all out before I start the series. I didn't read the Hunger Games trilogy until each book was out, too. I kept hearing from my literary friends that it was such a good book and how much they loved Katniss, but I decided to wait. I am so glad I did! If I had to go years between each book I would have pulled my hair out! I read all three books in two days (during the Super Bowl even) and couldn't put my Nook down.
I do have some exceptions. I will wait for a few series. The first is the House of Night series. I love these books and reread the series each and every time a new book is released. They come out once a year, but there are now novellas that have broken up the yearly wait a little. I have my mom reading this series and she asks me constantly if the next book has come out yet, lol! The other series I will wait for is the Morganville Vampires series. There is a special place in my heart for these books and even though I wish they would come out quicker, I will wait for them. The Harry Potter books were like this for me also. I hated that they would take so long to be released in between books, but at least we had the movies to tide us over.
Sometimes there are books that I love, but I just forget about until I see them on the shelves. If I stalked each and every book that I loved, I would have no time for anything else! Indies seem to come out more frequently than traditional books. I know there is so much done to make a book profitable, but do they really need to take so long, even if the books have already been written? I think that this is done purposefully in some cases to build up the book and then release it for maximum earning potential.
The Breakdown: Six months or less between releases. If there are goodies, such as novellas, released between books, then a longer waiting period would be okay.
What do you think? How long is too long to wait for a book to be released??