A reader asked how to promote your writing, when you write more and more. You can promote everything, it takes too much time. She was asking about promoting ebooks, specifically. She’s written around 15.
Readers are the holy grail for fiction writers, and you get readers when you write serials. It’s easier to get readers when you write serials than it is to get readers when you write novels and short stories. Readers want to know what happens next. So they buy the next episode of your serial. And the next.
Today, with Kindle Unlimited’s Pages Read policy, it’s vital to keep readers reading. That’s much easier with serials. Many readers hunt for short fiction — something they can read in minutes, rather than hours.
One of the reasons writers love Team Up is that we create a step by step plan. They act, and they achieve. To increase your income every week, that’s all you need: a plan.
Here’s the thing. Plans are like goals. They’re ancillary, so it doesn’t matter whether or not your plan is “good” or not. Any plan is better than no plan, because a plan gets you acting. When you act, you get feedback. Then you can either toss out your plan completely, or tune it to suit.
The holidays are the big spending days of the year
Companies small and large make the bulk of their income over the holiday season, and here’s why — people are spending money. Think of all the new Kindles, iPads, phones and other devices which will be given as gifts over the holiday season. Shouldn’t some of your ebooks grace these electronic toys?
I’ll answer that question for you — YES, they should. So start writing.
I’m currently completing the final scenes in a romantic suspense novel. I adore the two main characters, so I’ve decided to create a series of three novels about them.
This means that a bunch of scenes — around seven, from memory — don’t belong in this book. I’ve moved them into book two of the series. They’ll wait there, until I’m ready.
It’s tempting to edit as you go. However, you’ll often find yourself in a situation where a few scenes become irrelevant, as in my situation. I need to write a whole new bunch of scenes so that the climax and ending fit my new writing goals.
If you’re an author who hates ebook promotion, you know you need to build a readers’ list, but it seems complicated. It’s not. You can create a simple webpage, and direct your readers to that so that they can sign up to your list.
Authors: you’re in trouble. So says Douglas Preston, anyway. He’s traditionally published, as are his pals in Authors United, so they’re bewailing the fate of the publishing industry. Again.
You’d think they’d get tired of it, and leave the publishing industry to its fate, but they don’t. I’m starting to think that all this whining is just a public relations ploy so that Preston and his pals can sell more books.
In another sense, writing a serial is NOT like writing a novel. With a novel, you can set up your story in a couple of chapters, and then write, with rising action, until the climax. Serial fiction has LOTS of climaxes — to keep readers reading — while maintaining one storyline.