First, I’ve mentioned this a few places, but I just can’t keep my mouth shut any longer. Asrian Skies was released almost a year, and on September 17, I’ve got some exciting news for its birthday. Want a hint? Here you go:
I’m pretty excited about this, so make sure you check my Facebook page on the morning of September 17 for the details!
Second, a little bit of a rant–about myself.
I’ve always been pretty clear about my family, job, and other hobbies (ok, travel) coming before writing. Family is obvious, my job is interesting and pays way better than writing, and traveling? Well, even delayed flights are less stressful than being an indie author.
But I’ve started feeling a little guilty about that. See, without cranking out multiple books a year, you can’t be a “successful” indie author. And we can argue what success means all day long, but at the end of the day, success as an indie author means sales. It means making a living from your writing. If you’ve hung around enough online writer groups, you know that’s the case–it’s why philosophies like 20BooksTo50K exist. I’ve yet to meet an indie writer who is ok with their publishing being a side gig.
That means a few things.
One, it means it’s nearly impossible for me to find support and advice. I’ve been blown off when I look for craft advice, and for marketing advice, I’m shipped off to groups whose mantra is “write to market and write a lot.” That’s not my thing. It’ll never be my thing. It makes it frustrating for someone just trying to improve their craft and make a few additional sales.
But worse? It means I feel like I’m failing my readers. They’re not going to get a new release a month. At my rate of publishing (a book every 15-18 months), they’re probably not ever going to get a book outside of the Asrian Skies series. And I can’t help thinking that’s not fair to them. Are they going to wait forever for a third book? Of course not.
Yes, yes, I hear you say. But Harper Lee took forever to write a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Sure. But I’m not Harper Lee, I don’t write literary fiction, and indie publishing is complete different. So what’s a writer to do?
I’d love to hear from you if you’re an occasional author! How do you make it work? Or if you’re patient enough to wait for an author’s next book. Or even if you’re not! Tell me about it in the comments.