Hi everyone! It’s December, wow. I guess you’ve noticed that I haven’t written a post in a couple of weeks. I’ve been busy and yet not very busy at all, haha.
Last weekend, I took a trip to Chicago. It was the first vacation I’ve been on in quite a long time, and it was much needed. But there is something about vacation that is also exhausting. Now that I’m back home, I think I’m still recovering from the hectic travel, but the city was certainly a sight. I was so happy to see some snow! (Though it waited until we were getting back on the train to snow like crazy.)
Even though I prefer to ignore the idea, getting out in the world and having experiences is a valuable tool in creative writing, and I saw a few things on this trip that could definitely help to inspire me for something in the future.
I got an email last week about how Goodreads is changing their giveaway listings. While offering more features and options for promotion, the giveaways are also no longer free to post. Instead of only paying for the cost of the book and for shipping, there is now a large charge for this service from Goodreads. They are within their rights to do what they want, but this upset me a bit. I considered the giveaways a nice way to let people know about my books, and now I feel I won’t be able to do that anymore. Unlike many self published authors, I simply don’t make enough money to fund too much promotion. So as of now, there will be no more Goodreads Giveaways from me.
Book box deal
On a much better note, I recently made another deal with an indie book box! Yes! This one is several months away, but I’m stoked! This one is for The Hallowed and promises to be for more copies than the last one I did — all of which I have to sign. But that’s great! It’s such a thrill to have more of my printed books out in the world and in the hands of readers.
I recently released The Hallowed and The Nutcracker Bleeds, and now I’m going to take some time to read and think about what needs to happen next in my publishing journey. I need to decide on a plan of action before I go forward. I’ve been doing a lot of research as far as book marketing, so before I make a move with another book, I’m going to have a plan. I’ve already published most of my written works, but I do have a couple more to go.
The main work that I have on my mind is The Mark of Thorn saga, which is planned for five books. I’ve already written two of them and started on the third, but I think that before I publish that one, I’m going to complete the saga. If you’re unfamiliar with this one, it’s a fairy tale mashup that I started years ago featuring a dark fantasy world where many fairy tales exist together. The fairy tales in this book do not (currently) include any of those used in my other books. This one is it’s own thing and so far the lore does not cross. For this one, I was able to look at some of the lesser known, more gruesome tales and add those into a larger story that I’ve always been very excited about. I think about this story from time to time and I’d love to get back into it. I just haven’t found the right time yet. Hopefully that will come soon.
My idea for now is that I’m going to finish all of these books before I begin to publish them, because I want the story to be complete and know that it all goes together, even though I already have a pretty strong vision for the main events. Then, based on what I’ve read about marketing, I may release the volumes in quick succession. Otherwise, I’ll have a year between books like with Nevermor, and I don’t want to do that again. I want to have a sound plan for success!
I’m not sure when this is going to happen, but I’ll definitely keep you updated.
For now, I think I’m going to take a break from publishing to read more and to make this plan. As I mentioned before, I’ll also be reviewing my previously published works to check for errors.
Thank you all once again for the support! I’m so amazed to see readers purchasing copies of my books for the holiday season, even though many of them have been out for years. I appreciate you!