I just thought I’d check in a bit since it’s been a couple of days since I updated this thing. I’ve been keeping to my goal of writing every day, which has been fantastic. If I can keep up the pace, I should have the bulk of Chorus Mortem done this month. I’m eager to get to a point where I’m comfortable setting a release date and getting that preorder going and whathaveyou.
I’d like to be able to do this all a lot faster, eventually, but it is difficult with maintaining that balance with real life. I know a lot of you understand the struggle — especially when reading and writing is something you enjoy. It can feel a bit like you’re neglecting important stuff in order to play around in a fantasy world. Unfortunately, until someone can find a way for us to be in two places in once, something has to be the priority at any given moment. What has helped me is cutting out time in my day as if I have an important appointment I need to be at, and using that to update my blog, my group, and write some pages. It has to be a priority in my day, otherwise it will get eclipsed by stuff that feels more productive but in all honesty can probably wait.
After all, nobody gets to the end of their life, looks back, and proudly points at the number of laundry baskets they folded over the years.
I’ve also been reading up on running ads and promotions, and just trying to get a good idea of how to reach more people with this next release. There’s a lot of information out there, so it can be overwhelming, but I think part of that is there’s not a hard and fast rule that will get your books to the people who want them – a lot of it is just trial, error, and a little luck. There are sound strategies, of course. The most successful authors have their own methods and are usually incredibly helpful to other authors trying to reach a bigger audience, which is dope as heck if you ask me. (There’s a lot of good in the book world, you just have to keep your eyes open.) But there is no one-size-fits-all for everyone.
One thing I have noticed being mentioned a lot, however, is something the author absolutely has control over — an author needs to write more books. It’s much easier to build your reader base when they have more to read, and know they can expect more in the future. A lot of tried and true promotion methods rely on having multiple books for a potential reader to see.
Anyway, I’m just kind of doing the blog version of talking to myself, here, but my point is, after reading all this, I’m that much more committed to delivering my books to you all in a more expedient manner. It makes sense, and hell, I’m a reader, too… I know how frustrating it is to wait around for what seems like forever for the next book in a series. I’m sorry that I’ve done that to you all after Sanguine Malum, and I’m going to do my best to be sure it won’t happen again.
Alright, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and slay another chapter.
Talk to you all soon. Thanks for reading!