Sean Williams

the librarian in me, again

posted on 14 Nov 2006 at 10:35 am

This may sound like a small thing, but I’m forever unsure how to organise my bibliography.

Should I do it by series, as per the current version, or by genre (sf vs fantasy)? By author (solo vs collaboration) or by readership (adult vs YA vs kids)? By country of release (Australia vs the rest of the world) or in chronological order?

The last one sounds simple enough, but it too is fraught with complications. Do I measure from when I started the book, when I finished it, or when it was published? The result isn’t always the same.

For instance, Metal Fatigue was the first book I started but the second I finished. The Storm Weaver & the Sand was the thirteenth I started but the ninth in print. Only four books (Heirs of Earth, Reunion, The Blood Debt and The Dust Devils) retain the same ranking by each measure (14, 15, 18 and 24 respectively).

Do other writers have this problem? It could equally apply to short stories too.

Maybe I just write too many goddamn books.

And maybe I’m writing this to avoid doing some real work…