I have two writing goals this year.
- Make a profit on The Ronos Trilogy.
- Finish the next book and get it ready to shop around.
Easy enough. It’s only two things. I have all year to do only two things. No big deal. One of those things is going to be very easy to do. I’ve finished a book or three and got it to the point where I could shop it around (I didn’t shop it around but I could have). That task does not intimidate me. In fact I’m looking forward to it because it’s been inside my head for far too long and I’ll be glad to get it out.
Because I’ve done it before it’s easy for me to break down the steps to completion.
- First draft.
- Repeat as needed.
- Compile list of publishers and agents.
- Send out to everyone.
- Write sequel while waiting for rejection letters.
- End up self publishing it anyway but at least we tried.
My first yearly goal is far more intimidating. When I started The Ronos Trilogy I wasn’t thinking money or the business side of things. I foolishly thought that I could write a book that was so good that people would feel obligated to give it good word of mouth and it would become a phenomenon. I tried my best but it turned out to be just a book. Lots of people like it but I’m not going to be able to quit my day job anytime soon.
Now I see the money I’m spending and seeing how many books I’m going to have to sell to make that money back. It’s intimidating to me. So I’m switching gears and spending as little money as possible without compromising quality.
I’m switching POD companies. Booklocker was nickel-and-diming me too much.I had to pay to upload the book. I had to pay to change any little detail inside the book. I had to pay separately for the ebook. I had to pay a yearly fee to keep it in the system—for three books that yearly fee was $45 which feels like a lot for me.
Right now I’m looking at Createspace because I can do all the things listed above for free. Which means I have to sell less books to make a profit this year.
I also switched editors. Not because my previous editor did anything wrong or wasn’t very good—she’s awesome and I would recommend her to anyone—but I found someone else for half the price. Because I’m self publishing these books it doesn’t matter who edits them or if a thousand people edit them, I will still get reviews saying the grammar is still a little off. It’s a reviewers default setting for self published books. Life goes on.
I’ll need to get out there and sell more books face to face. My previous success came with selling books at a book fair in Sherwood Park. I need to do more of that which I’m not excited about because it already makes me feel awkward. Expect more blog posts about book signings and such. I don’t want to do it but I have to if I want to meet my goal.
I’m thinking of doing a big book launch party for when Eviscerate comes out. Sell a bunch of books at that thing. I’ll have to figure out exactly what happens at a book launch party (it sound like I’m supposed to tape a book to a rocket and launch it into space) and where to do it where it can happen for free. Expect more details on that soon and if you have any ideas leave a comment or throw it on Facebook or Twitter.
Anyways, those are my goals for the new year. One I’m excited about. One I’m anxious about but excited for the results. Stay tuned for more news.
Eviscerate: Book 3 in the Ronos Trilogy
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