Do you keep up with the industry news of publishing? No matter how you publish, you should keep tabs on what’s going on in the market. Mark Coker published an article acknowledging that ebook publishing has become more difficult. Most authors are aware of lower earnings and major fluctuations in the market in 2014 (mmm hmm). Have you been thinking about how much harder it is to stand out? I have. I think about it constantly.
Every time I publish a book, instead of getting ahead I find the new release has me treading water. I’m not going to whine about it, because it’s pointless. Besides, I’m extremely grateful to sell any books at all and to have garnered some fans. A big woot to all my awesome fans!
Some writers like to grumble about a sea of substandard books out there. I don’t think that’s the case. I think there are a whole lot of awesome books out there. If we’re going to succeed, we can’t look at the sea of titles being published in any other light. Because we want to aim to stand among the best.
To me, this means I have to be always working to up my game as far as my writing and stories go. So between writing novels, I pick something to work on, study it, and am very conscious of it when writing. Other things I’ve decided: my twitter, FB, & blog stream have to be geared toward audience/readers – some of that can include writing/networking, but I need to be interesting to readers too; I will continue to offer Backworlds and the Rifters for free; I now offer value for a mailing list sign up – a free ebook by me of choice; and paid advertising/promotion has to be part of a wise plan.
Things I’ll continue: working with a group of authors (Untethered Realms), offering the first book in a series for free, hiring a pro to make my covers, hiring an editor, hosting/managing the Realms Faire every year, jumping on opportunities that come along, writing and submitting short stories, talking to my fans if they take the time to talk to me, and striving to write better books.
I don’t plan on producing any faster than I do. I want to make sure each book/story is special. I want to say ‘wow’ at the end of each chapter. If I don’t, I mull it over until ‘inspiration’ hits. That’s me, that’s my plan… for now.
In the future I’ll do more advertising, I plan to branch out into other areas of fiction, and I have plans to become one of those hybrid authors (especially for fiction not science fiction or fantasy).
What have you come up with to up your game?
This is my December IWSG post.
…and check out this new release
by Angela Brown
A short interview with Angela and Macie
1. ) If your main character, Macie, is made a goddess, how would the world change?
Macie’s been the odd girl out since her parents vanished. She doesn’t have a change the world view. It’s more like a change my world kind of view. Although, if she were made a goddess, she’d change The Colony’s sunset curfew and allow everyone the right to see the stars scattered across the midnight sky like diamond dust, along with the moon, with their own eyes. And she’d bring her parents back into her life.
2.) You versus Macie – favorite dessert.
Me? Strawberry cheesecake
Macie? Any dessert Thomas prepares
3.) What TV show would Macie be obsessed with?
Macie loves swordplay, thanks to her BFF Thane, and favors fantasy and sci-fi, so she’d be crazy-obsessed with Game of Thrones. If Ender’s Game could be made into a TV show, she’d be all over it.
For seventeen-year-old Macie Breen, life in The Colony is a daily norm of being the odd girl out, that is, until everyday predictable slams to a screeching halt. Forced to the capital city of Bliss, Macie’s life becomes a horrific unraveling as she confronts daunting truths about The Colony as well as who, or what, she really is.
You can meet up with the fabulous Angela on her blog
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Isn’t the cover awesome? My cover artist (the uber-talented Erin Dameron-Hill) came up with this new design. It was her idea, so then she went back and changed the other 5 covers to match. I loved the old design, but I really like the new one, too. The graphics pop more.
It’s a SNOW DAY over on Untethered Realms. My contribution: I discuss surviving the Blizzard of’77.