Slow progress, is still progress
Today I listened to Sterling and Stone’s podcast on strategies for mid-list authors, however, what I gained from it was invaluable to the point where I wanted to write a response.
In the indie community, there’s a lot of talk of writing to market, marketing strategies and how to earn the most from your books. There are some stellar writers who can write a book a month, there are some earning six figures from their writing and there’s a growing number can make a living from their writing. But what this podcast episode highlighted for me was focussing on where you are on your writer’s journey. I recommend putting on the kettle, getting comfy and checking it out here, before reading the rest of this post. Don’t worry I’ll wait…
With the arrival of the Kindle 10 years ago, no one could quite predict how this would change the landscape of publishing. 10 years ago the only route to getting your book out there was through a traditional publishing deal, or vanity press, which was pretty much frowned upon by everyone. Sell your own book? Sell out, shill, it won’t be any good, were the cries of literary folk who couldn’t believe the notion that someone would have the gall to publish their own work and they were rightly so. Back then there weren’t the services that there are now available to independent publishers. That being said, there’s still some debate over which is the right path. Ultimately it’s every writer’s own decision, as long as a quality product is being produced then it shouldn’t matter if it came from a big publishing house, or an indie one.
So when I was making my own decision on which route to take, I took a lot into consideration and here’s where I fell on the spectrum.
As my creative life has settled back into somewhat normal since the launch of Rogue, I’ve begun working on book 2 in the series. As of now, I’m at 25,000 words and have been utilising both Scrivener and Storyshop to write. Book 2 has been an interesting process, very different to writing Rogue but I think I’m finally finding my groove with it. My current hope is that I can release book 2 in April 2018, and the final book around October 2018.
I’m going to be going on a blog tour this week, thanks to Lola’s blog tours who has organised 21 hosts to help spread the word of book one. Find out more here
I’ve also launched a Creative Consultant and Virtual Assistance service which can be found here and have started to get a couple of clients through.
And finally, I’ve created a sub-blog for this site. I’ve been wanting a way of documenting my creative journey, from the first book to who knows where, and have something to look back on so I can see how far my writing will go. I’ve always liked personal blogs and so have created one here
I’ll try and keep this updated, heck maybe even get the newsletter going, but until I have something of note to share, just know I’m busy working behind the scenes getting more books out for y’all.
Rogue is officially out on Amazon and it’s made for an interesting week. The book was scheduled for release on Tuesday when I was flying back from the Gold Coast, so while I was waiting for airport transfers I was tracking UK and US time anticipating the release. The first release happened UK time while I was at Gold Coast Airport, so cue some subdued joy (so people didn’t think I was weird!) as I was in the departure terminal. Then as I was waiting for my bags in Auckland airport, then it was released in the US and officially out worldwide.
Thanks to the people who pre-ordered the book charted on some of the Amazon top 100 lists, including LGBT Sci-Fi (Amazon US) – where it’s still charted in the top 100. It also hit the Genetic Engineering List in America which surprised me. What was also cool was in the Australian store, the book debuted in the top 20 for dystopian fiction, alongside George Orwell….George frikkin Orwell!!
Safe to say it’s been a crazy week but while I am planning on doing monthly sales breakdowns, I thought it would be interesting for other indie authors to see how many sales I was able to make based on having no platform, list and just starting out.
KENP reads: 2,696 (this is the amount of page reads the book has had as part of the Kindle Unlimited programme)
When I’ve released book three, I intend to go wide with this series, but for now, it will remain exclusive to Amazon and so far it’s going well.
Next month I’m planning on organising a blog tour and expand on marketing but for now, I’m enjoying the start of this journey and knuckling down on writing book 2.
Rogue is officially out this month. It’s been a long journey to get to this point and has given me an appreciation for the amount of time authors put into their work.
Rogue will be available exclusively on Amazon and available in ebook and paperback.
I’m currently working on the start of book 2 in this series, which I’m aiming to release in February 2018. Book 3 will hopefully be released late 2018.
And while I was on the train this morning as the rain fell heavily outside, I got an idea for the next series. One thing I love about writing is the arrival of new ideas at unexpected moments and bringing them to life.
For now though, I’m excited for people to start Evie and Kit’s journey. Make sure you pre-order by the 19th!