Masa flour is my new husband. I can’t stop eating homemade corn tortillas.
I’ve been considering going meat-free in my diet for awhile. The change is inspired by reading Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. I’ll still eat eggs, fish, and maybe chicken.
I’ll seriously be the worst vegetarian ever.
Just kidding. Kind of. About the chicken I mean.
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY POST. Onto business . . .
In the book The Naked Truth About Self Publishing they say a new indie author should publish every three months for the first yearish.
Their reasoning is basically mojo: keep the readers attention. Mo’ books means mo’ reviews, mo’ readers, mo’ money, mo’ attention on the online algorithms. Basically, better odds of success. It doesn’t have to be a novel every 3 months. Short stories, novellas, boxed sets, an audiobook, etc.
So I said to myself, Self, let’s do this thing.
Then life said, suckah.
STUFF COMES UP.
Example: I had a deadline this weekend with my editor. However, Husband and I are escaping to the mountains tomorrow for the first time in WAY TOO LONG, the Army is probably moving us across the country in a monthish (we don’t even know where we are going), and then I found out that my sweet grandma’s cancer has spread. I also have over 100 unread emails from the last two days.
So I said ‘fuhgeddaboutit‘, stopped writing, and worked on planning a trip home instead to see one of my favorite people in the world. —->
And I will not take my computer with me to the mountains this weekend.
I. Will. Not.
Which throws off my publishing schedule. Grips face and runs away screaming.
Just kidding. I don’t care that much.
SO . . .Let’s talk about writing schedules and book publishing:
JK Rowling published the HP books in the follow time range (according to Goodreads)
HP 1- 1997
HP4- 1999 (same year)
HP5- 2003 (4 years after book 4)
HP7- 2007 (3 years after book 6)
Dean Koontz released the Odd Thomas series as follows: (according to Goodreads) Keep in mind this is just the Odd Thomas series. He also published other works concurrently.
OT4.1— 2012 OT4.2— 2012 OT4.3 —2012
Libba Bray and the Gemma Doyle Series (according to Goodreads)
Totally different for each author. JK Rowling averaged about a book a year except for a few cases, Dean Koontz did more than that (the man is an animal), and Libba Bray put out one every two years. All of these authors are traditionally published.
So here it is: should indie authors worry about publishing more often than traditional authors to keep and maintain a fan base?
What is YOUR publishing schedule?
Do you think publishing every three months is too often?
Leave. Your. Thoughts. Guys.