It occurred to me the other day that for pretty much the last few months, I have been working constantly. I’ve either been in my day job, or I’ve been writing. I can’t really say it’s gone too badly – I’ve managed to maintain a three book buffer between releases, and the way things are going I may be able to stretch that to four books before The Serpent’s Fangs comes out at the end of the month.
I finished High Moon Rising: Off The Rails today. I’m pretty happy with it – it’s a neat, compact story that develops the characters and the arcs while being a self-contained adventure on its own. That’s what I was aiming for with this one. I’ve made some conscious decisions not to have every story pushing the overarching arcs forward, because I’ve got to match up the pacing of the Order of Britain and the High Moon Rising books over the next six Months of stories all things going to plan, I’ll be starting a big crossover event about Midway through next year which should be – if I do say so myself – Pretty awesome.
Writing itself aside, one of the things that you don’t really prepare for when you move into indie publishing is the sheer amount of work you have to do on the side. During the proverbial good old days when self publishing was just seen as a vanity project and to really get noticed you had to get a ‘proper’ book deal, all the stuff such as promotion was handled by the publishers directly.
These days, there are a lot more opportunities for a writer such as myself, but there’s also a lot more work to be done – and it can get very twitchy when you’re just starting out and don’t have the money to drop on paid promotion sites. There was someone over at Kboards recently who got a bit irritable when people kept recommending bookbub as a promotion tool – and with good reason, they’re very effective.
They’re also bloody expensive. This isn’t a knock on Bookbub, but I currently don’t have $900 to promote my books to the US. I’m not kidding, that was a real quote I got.
So I’ve had to do it the old fashioned way, with legwork. Over the weekend, I was advertising my books on twitter like nobodies business, paying attention to the best hashtags to use and finding free promo sites that would get my book out to an audience. It seemed to work really well, with over a hundred books shifted – pretty good numbers for someone writing in a pretty niche genre and only two months into their career.
The whole experience thus far has been a massive learning curve. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving every second of it – I’m getting to live my dream! But it does feel odd sometimes when you;re having to do all sorts of things you never expected to come under the umbrella of “Writer.”