Reflections on an experiment
Over the past several months, I’ve been involved in an experiment. Well, three actually. Cowriting; Writing in a new genre; and Rapid release. I learned a lot from all three, but I’m definitely not doing two of them again.
Writing in a new genre (paranormal romance): The Lion Shifters series was a fun change, and I needed a change. After writing ten books in the Society for Paranormals series plus several free short stories and a novella, I was tired. So I decided to try something different that was still in the world of Miss Knight.
Writing romance taught me a lot about relationship building and character-driven agendas, so that was awesome. But I’ve decided the genre itself isn’t my thing as a writer. The romance genre expects a certain format to the overall story line, and that’s just not my style. It was fun, and now I’m moving on…
Rapid release: After finishing the Lion Shifters series with my coauthor, Su Boddie, I decided to experiment with a book release a month. Oh, word, that’s no joke. There’s a lot that goes into producing a book, from the initial idea to writing the first draft, editing and re-editing, cover creation, blurb preparation and marketing. A lot of energy, time, resources, thought, time, energy… You get the picture.
Fortunately, all the books were finished and ready to go before I launched the rapid release. However, there were still a number of actions required before you, dear reader, could purchase the book.
And to do all that every month for five months in a row, on top of other life activities (day job, family, eating, sleeping etc)–GASP! Way too much. Plus it meant that most of my emails were about the next release, rather than the conversations I like to have with all of you.
So what’s next, you ask? To finish off the Lion Shifters series, I will be releasing Book 5 next week and a box set of the first three books a few weeks later. And then I’m going to ponder the options. Any ideas? Let me know!
In the meantime, A King’s Pride is 99c to celebrate a blog tour I’m doing. Enjoy!