I consider writing to be the most important thing I do. Since I went Indie in 2014, I’ve written more than ever before. I used to write about 100,000 words per year. In 2015 I wrote 264,918 words and produced seven new books. In the first six months of this year, I produced four new ebooks, a new audio book, and just finished writing a 15K short story for anthology to be released in the fall.
When I’m not writing, I revise and edit. Between writing and editing, I squeeze in promo: blogging, sending out books for review, posting on Facebook, sending out newsletters, participating in special events, and advertising. For about the first two weeks of a book’s release, I’m too busy with promo to write, but then I jump right in and begin writing the next book. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
What I haven’t had time for is re-releasing backlisted titles–and they are piling up. As publishing rights have reverted to me, the books have been removed from publication. I have seven previously published stories that need to be re-released–plus the rights to another book will revert to me in the fall, adding up to eight. In addition, I have a collection of short stories I wrote years ago I would love to publish.
Re-releasing means getting a cover, reading the story again, writing a new blurb, planning a promotion campaign — and scheduling/spacing out the release so that it doesn’t interfere with new books.
How do I work in the backlisted books when I produce a new book every other month?
Short answer: I can’t. The hours in the day do not exist.
So I’m taking the summer off from writing and producing new works to re-introduce some backlisted titles. It also will give my brain a rest from plotting and writing and editing. And it will allow me to maybe blog just for fun.
The first “new old book” to be released will be Destiny’s Chance, a paranormal spanking romance first released in 2013. It’s not paranormal like shifters and vamps, but like psychic phenomenon and reincarnation. Contemporary with a woo-woo twist — and hot sex and spanking. You can check out the cover and blurb here.
Do you ever take a break from writing? What are your summer plans?