The long road
That’s how I feel right now. I have 2 new series being released, but advertising them is frustrating. Why dump a lot of money into them until there’s something for the reader to go to next time? I have a series that will be finished in late summer. Not releasing the other books won’t make it get done any faster. I have a stand alone book that is now going to be a part of a series. I could write in that, but see above. I feel like a creation that is still a work in progress, and I so badly just want to GET THERE.
I’m debating whether or not I should shift around my upcoming releases. Should I send out the books that are basically DONE, one right after the other? That would leave my gamer series to wither for a bit, but that could be ok. I mean, the book doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger (I seriously hate those).
The more I think about it, the better this idea sounds, except for ONE little thing. I haven’t sent book 2 to the editor for the “last pass” yet. I don’t have cover art. I’d have to do a whole lot of groveling to get that done in time. I have learned from this, though. From now on, I will not release a series until the entire thing is done. If that means a few months of publishing nothing, then that’s ok, because that’s how most authors do it. I just don’t want my book list to get away from me again.
So, while I prepare for the next cover reveal and the one after that, I will be pondering the long road of my career as an independent author. I will make mistakes. I will have successes. Most of all, if I keep treating this like a business, I think that my fan base will stick with me. At least I hope they will. I have some amazing fans already, and I certainly don’t want to lose them!