Hey, I’m back. I wish I could say that my life is completely out of the doldrums but it’s not. Nonetheless, I can’t just sit about waiting for things to change for the better. It is the start of a brand new month and time to kick on with the writing gig. So, as of this week I’m resuming work on the second draft of my “untitled sequel” to The Exercise Of Vital Powers. I don’t currently have plans to publish it (or anything else) this year so I feel no pressure to finish writing it ASAP, though I do hope to have it wrapped up this summer then immediately starting work on Book Three.
Although it’s still too early in the year to state anything definitively, I suspect all my initial publishing plans for 2018 will be delayed until 2019, including the revised second edition of The Exercise Of Vital Powers. My experience with self-publishing in 2017 has convinced me not to waste time publishing anything else until I have adequate financial means to give my books a genuine shot at finding an audience. Most readers have zero interest in self-published books, and those who do will usually only take a chance on purchasing a book that can pass for being traditionally published (at least on the outside). Which is why I finally decided to pull the first edition of my book from sale; in its current form the DIY front cover is preventing it from selling to its full potential, irrespective of reviews.
Of course, in future this means spending lots of money on the external appearance of a book, and that’s before getting to the more important, larger expense of professional editing of the contents. In the short term, I don’t have the necessary finances burning a hole in my pocket, so for the time being my focus is on writing without a view to publishing again until such time that I do. This situation could turn out to be a blessing in disguise rather than a disaster. The other lesson I learned during 2017 is that for a writer like myself (who will never have a large following or belong to a popular clique of indie writers), if I want to ultimately write full-time, publishing one book a year just isn’t going to cut it. Ideally, I should be looking to release between three and six new books a year to get the required sales traction to be a full-time indie author.
Not having to worry about publishing and marketing anything during 2018 will allow me to concentrate on increasing the number of unpublished stories I have at my disposal, ready to be published with shorter gaps between release dates in the not too distant future. Obviously, at this early stage, it’s still just conjecture on my part as I have no idea how 2018 will progress. But if possible, I want to, at the very least, finish writing all four sequels to The Exercise Of Vital Powers prior to its eventual re-release, whenever that might be, plus I want to get in the habit of writing more shorter fiction, be it short stories, novelettes or novellas.
I will keep people up to date with the status of the second edition of The Exercise Of Vital Powers. I now know that getting it published to the standard I want will set me back close to £2000. While I can’t afford that expense today there’s no reason why I won’t be able to at some stage during 2018, at which point I will move forward with it as quickly as possible.
Thanks for reading,