Golden Blood is on the market and I'm now preparing Black Blood for release in December. I've decided to put the books out relatively close together as I can't stand reading a trilogy and having to wait MONTHS for the sequels. By the time you get the second or third book, you've usually forgotten all the little details of the other books.
I wrote the trilogy as one before deciding to pursue publishing. This was a story I had to get out of me and it felt incomplete writing the first one and leaving the other two books for later. I wanted to get the ENTIRE story out. I'm glad I did it this way, because after my beta readers gave me their feedback, I went back and rewrote 80% of Book One. Book Two and Three, reaped the benefits of that decision too. I can safely say that what I have put out there for readers to enjoy is what I consider to be my best work so far... and they won't have to wait an age to complete the trilogy.
But how does that affect the momentum of book sales? Do publishing companies purposefully wait so long between books because they want to make their audience extra hungry? In my case that strategy has sometimes back fired. I've had to wait so long that I've forgotten to look for the next book or I have forgotten too much of the last one to bother.
What do you think?
Would you prefer publishers/authors to release their books close together or do you think it's better to have this big gap in between them?