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Monday, November 23, 2020

The Journey to Self-Publication, Part 13: What Now?

I've gotten quite a few questions about why I finally decided to delve into self-publishing and how I'm doing it, so I figured why not create a new blog series!

Every Monday, I'll be sharing a piece of the self-publishing puzzle---from how I came to this choice to writing, editing, marketing, sales, and everything in between. Please remember that this is simply my experience, how chose to do things. Others do things differently, and that's fine! So, your mileage may vary, but in the end, I hope seeing yet another way of tackling self-publishing will help you on your path. 

Need to catch up on previous posts? Find them here:

So, I've hit the point in my self-publication journey where all the books are written and edited and pending approval on Amazon for pre-order status, and I'm left wondering, "What now??" And I've been wondering about this for a while because I knew that I was going to get to this point, and even though I hate to plot books, I do love to plot out my next steps :-)

(1) Obviously, I will continue to work hard to promote this series, especially with new books still releasing up through February 2021. (I'm going to talk about this a bit more next week with a sales check-in post.)

(2) I'm currently working on a new book--a spinoff story that picks up at the end of book 6 (but with new leading characters), that I hope I can finish and edit in time to release shortly after book 6 goes live on February 9, 2021. 

(3) Write something new! While I love this series and these characters, I'm ready to move on to something else -- a new world with new characters. Though, I have no idea what that might be just yet. I do know it will be another YA series. 

Recently, someone asked me -- "You just finished this massive series. Don't you want to take a break?" My answer is both yes and no. Yes, I would love a break, but I know myself. I know if I take any sort of extended break, I'll lose the momentum I've built, and I'll lose the excitement for this series. And, I have scenes and dialogue racing through my head, and I need to get it written before I forget all of it. 

Also, from everything I've read, one of the key factors to success in self-publishing is a fast and consistent release schedule. Is it grueling? You betcha! But I'm just launching my Indie career, and I realize I need to put in the time and effort to make it work. Here's hoping I get to the point (soon) where I don't have to work quite so hard every single day of the week. Until then, I'll keep moving forward!

Come back next week when I'll be doing a sales check-in to see how the series is doing, what new strategies I'm using, and what hasn't worked out so well. 

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