As I’m probably the least musical person you can think of – despite numerous attempts to learn to play different instruments, the most fun of which was ukulele and weirdest was balalaika – I’m obviously not talking about accelerating a piece of music here. No, it’s the publishing I’m talking about. I’m attempting to see if doing no less than a release a month will revive my dormant fanbase. After the last couple of years of virtually nothing, I’m finally beginning to write again. I’m hoping to have the novel-in-progress complete early next year. And to run up to that, I’m putting stuff out.
Like Crow Moon, which launched somewhat by accident last week. Oh, I had every intention of publishing it this month. But when I was finished setting up the ebook, I was distracted by family in the office, looked away from the screen, and evidently managed to hit the big yellow ‘publish’ instead of the grey ‘draft’ button. Sigh. As I told the First Reader, everything was there, and ready to go. It was me that wasn’t ready. And then, because there’s a certain irony to the universe, Amazon approved the book in an hour, so I couldn’t even do a takeback and cancel what I’d done.
Crow Moon is a collection of stories. About half have appeared before, in anthologies or in one case, on my blog as a reader cookie. The others have never before appeared in public, other than a couple of snippets of Honeymooners. All fantasy, they run the gamut from classic fairytale inspired romance – wherein our hero must woo the most repugnant female imaginable by fulfilling her capricious quests – to sword and sorcery. Fantasy has such a broad range. I’d actually considered holding off on doing a collection until I could make it even more granular, but in the end I wanted to keep up this tempo of a release a month.
Will it pay off? Heck if I know. The problem is that I’m scattered and whimsical. If I were, say, writing romance and releasing a novella a month (possible, if I could write romance in any traditional sense) then yes, it likely would pay off. Even if I could just pick one genre I do write, like SciFi or Fantasy, and keep myself to those, building reader awareness would work well. Stay in my lane, and find readers who also liked staying in that lane. Unfortunately, I am constitutionally unable to do as I’m told, and color inside the lines neatly. I write fantasy (and SF, and mystery, and…), I make art, I write non-fiction, I publish recipes. It’s all very messy. Can I make it work? Yeah, for now. I don’t need the income at the moment, although it would be very nice, with a car needing replacement ASAP and a kid in college (doing very well with welding. Proud Mama here). I can run these experiments, collect data, and observe the market.
So, I’ll keep at it. Too soon to tell yet, I’ve only been doing this since September. I figure no less than six months, and that’s with starting to add in the additional marketing of ads and promos of novels into the sales newsletters to try and broaden the fanbase. I’ve finally got the homelife settled into a routine, now, to turn that energy on to the marketing. Onward! Faster!