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 I 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.
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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.
Drop them in the comments!