@Fred Patten – Ah, true. I didn’t think about the fact that libraries do prefer hardcovers whenever they can get them. I have seen a fair number of trade paperbacks in libraries, or the ones that are treated with wax over the covers first… Hey, furry publishers, how about small time runs of hardcover books?! Ha, anyways. It’s an obstacle, but I think as print books are in a weird limbo and some authors are opting out of hardcover editions of their books to begin with, it could be something that gets surmounted.
There is also the fact that a lot of libraries are opening up to ebook rentals as well, if you go through their programs and have a qualifying device. Once again, that brings into question “Furry authors already barely make a living as it is, so how much more are they willing to sacrifice”, which is not a call that I have any amount of preparation to make. But it’s a thought.
@MikasiWolf – Library readers almost ALMOST always buy books the moment that they get a chance, and libraries offer a great way to try a subject or author that you are unsure about. Or, at least, that’s always been my experience. So make furry writing more mainstream = make more people read it/know it exists = have more people buy books = profit? Or, you know, that’s where my mind is going with this.
Singapore?! Always super nice to have a non-US-centric perspective! Ursula is in fact a very popular kid’s author (To go back to my previous post, even in my “bottlenecked” town, I would sell her books frequently in the local Barnes and Noble) but Digger also got some mainstream attention, and won a Hugo award to boot! Unfortunately, no other furry works have gotten as close to my knowledge.
There is also the fact that, as you said, adult content with humans is okay, but animals gets weird for the public. This is where talking with librarians and probably building a reputation with them before a lot of us trying to dump furry books into their lap would maybe help with that? Furry-centric events at libraries would kind of be amazing in my opinion, and that way the books can get put in the right genre of the library rather than having to explain why an explicit furry book wouldn’t do well in the kid’s section next to Redwall…
We do need to believe! As someone who only joined the fandom recently after hanging on the edges, if I had never attended a convention I would probably still be unaware about the professional published furry fiction world, which makes me wonder how many more furries also aren’t aware of it, and how many more non-furries would be interested in reading about something. Talking animal books still are popular with a wide age range, furry books are really no different-- just maybe with a little more sex and blood. And there are also plenty of non-adult furry books that can appeal to this group as well (My first thought is Frane’s Summerhill, which also has a human character in it, and a good number of anthologies such as Gods with Fur).