I have to admit, I’m starting to feel a bit giddy and excited about the path I’m thinking of taking.
Did I say “thinking”? Well, yeah, because I don’t just jump into things and there are other considerations, other research I must do before the final leap. Or — sticking with the nautical theme I seem to have picked up — before I hoist anchor and set sail.
One of the points I stumbled upon in my Indie/Self Pub research suggests that to be truly successful, you must be a prolific writer. Sure, there are some authors out there doing fairly well in for themselves with only one or two e-books. But just about everyone who can make a living off e-books and some hard copies, has a lot of books for their loyal readers to choose from. A. Lot. With new ones being launched within months of each other. Not years.
I am not a prolific writer. This year I put the finishing edits to a novel that took me well over five years to write, began the second book in the series, completed a 20k novella for publication, started a short story for a competition (but have not finished it), and filled my virtual notebook with scenes/characters/dialogue that may or may not ever find themselves in a finished work. I try to write every day. But writing, in and of itself, is not finishing.
Here then is my first crashing wave of doubt. Will I be able to produce enough, quickly enough, without sacrificing quality, to catch and hold readers? I’m not even talking about the financial end of things here. Although I’d love to repeat the success of those authors raking in several grand a month mainly off their e-book sales, I know that’s a long road I may never find . . . er . . . that’s a part of the ocean I may never sail, not having Jack Sparrow’s handy compass.
I mean, what if I launch BD&L and it takes YEARS to finish book 2?
Okay, that’s silly. The answer is; it would be no different than series put out by traditional publishers.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
The truth is, I’d be forced to plow on and git’r dun! Right now, I can coast. No agent is banging my door down for BD&L 1 so the incentive to get BD&L 2 done is low. Besides the fact I *want* to get it done. If BD&L 1 were in the hands of readers, readers who enjoyed it and wanted more, would I be dilly-dallying? Heck no!
Supply and demand could force me to become more prolific — so long as my Beta readers never let me slack on quality. *ahem*
As Chuck Wendig so succinctly put it:
Your writing will never chase you — you need to chase your writing. If it’s what you want, then pursue it. . . Life rewards action, not inertia. What the fuck are you waiting for? To reap the rewards of the future, you must take action in the present. Do so now.
So, action it is. A launch date is being prepared, the cover art is under way, formatting is being done, a marketing plan is being formulated.
I believe it’s time to set sail.