So now that The Bonds of Osteria has been unleashed upon the world and I had a wee bit of a success (relatively speaking) with the launch, I’m left wondering where to go from here. Plus, given that we’re now halfway through 2018, it seems like a perfect time to re-evaluate what in the world I’m doing (honestly, most days I have no idea).
And as ever when I have big decisions to make, I’m going to beg for a little help from my readers so be sure to scroll down to drop your vote in my surveys below.
So, what’s up for debate? Three things…sort of like the Spanish Inquisition, although with less fear and surprise and only a dab of ruthless efficiency. Okay, nothing like the Spanish Inquisition, I just like to work in a Monty Python reference whenever possible. Annnnyway, the three things are…
- Writing projects
- This blog
- Amazon exclusivity
Starting from the Bottom: Amazon Exclusivity
Let’s start with Amazon exclusivity since I’ve actually come to a decision about that on my own: I’m getting out. It’s not that I haven’t seen firsthand the benefits of the exclusivity (namely the free days), but if that’s my only “benefit” it makes more sense for me to simply make The Trials of Hercules perma-free and have it everywhere, not just Amazon.
I also find my marketing/writing style doesn’t match what is required to stay noticeable by Amazon’s algorithms. You have to be very aggressive with both and I don’t want to be frantically chasing the next promo date/book blast slot available. Believe me, the scheduling alone for that last promotion was a nightmare, not to mention the toll on my very slim budget.
As for writing to keep above the Amazonian-exclusivity tide, let’s face it, no matter how organized I get, I am not going to be able to publish a book every month or two to avoid dropping off the Amazon sales cliffs. My style in both writing and marketing is a slow and steady approach that better fits making my books wide.
So yay, one problem solved. I think I deserve a shrubbery!
Coming Up Next…I Don’t Know!!!
Okay, I take that back, I do know that the next book (well, books since it will be serialized) I publish will be the historical-novel-turned-fantasy-novel set in the world of Osteria I may have mentioned before. This project (working title: Domna) is moving along slowly but surely and I’m hoping to have the first installment out some time in November.
The whole book will be complete before I release that first bit, so I’ll be able to release one installment (I think there will be five or six) every few weeks. It should be an interesting experiment to see how the whole serialization thing pans out with readers.
The problem I’m facing is what to do next. I have two more books to get through in the Osteria Chronicles series, but I’m just the teensiest bit tired of writing in this world. However, I worry if I don’t keep plodding along with it, I run the risk of never going back.
The other option would be to work on the Cassie Black series I started drafting in March. This could be a fun break from Osteria and I’m looking forward to seeing where this world takes me, but if I released this first book and then went back to Osteria, it would be a looooong time before a second Cassie book came out.
I’m also realizing how much I really want to write historical fiction. The only issue with this is these wouldn’t be fast books to write due to the research needed. Well, and historical fiction isn’t a hugely popular genre (blasphemy!!), so I would need to figure out a way to sneak it into another genre like historical mystery or historical romance.
Ugh, do we need some more Monty Python? Yes, we do.
And Now the Big One: This Blog
Fear not! Finn McSpool will continue to make his regular appearances (I’ve come to accept he’s far more popular than I am). However, I am contemplating killing off the writing portion of my blog or at least changing it up. I just don’t think there’s much interest out there to read about writers’ journeys and writing/marketing tips can be found all over the internet from more knowledgable people than myself. Plus, every blog post ends up eating up WAY more time than I plan for…time I could be dedicating to writing books.
My first option is to kill my writing posts altogether (except for maybe the occasional book release, book sale announcement) and dedicate this time to sharing my writing news with my newsletter subscribers and delivering better content on social media. The newsletter bit is a key to this option because right now I feel I don’t share much of my writing world with my newsletter subscribers since a good number of you also follow this blog and I hate repeating myself.
My second option is to post chapters from my work in progress (one chapter a week while the book is still in the drafting stage). My third option is to maybe just do a monthly post to keep the blogosphere updated on my progress.
Does your brain hurt as much as mine? More Monty Python should help…
So, what do you think? If you’re shy about commenting, here’s a couple surveys for ya, but if you have any comments, I’d LOVE to read them! Have a great week!
And one final Python moment to see you through…