The actual process of writing has not changed much over the years. It still involves making the time to write and putting one word after another.
However, the writing industry continues to evolve. From traditional publishing to the independent route or a hybrid of both, there are options for authors seeking to get their work out into the world.
I listen to podcasts and read about the industry nearly every day. For years, many people subscribed to the ultimate goal of what they call rapid release. What this means is publishing an entire series at once or publishing one book every six weeks or so. The idea is that publishing more often will gain you loyal followers and also garner the attention of Amazon's holy grail algorithm. I have the utmost respect for any author who can crank out polished work so quickly.
I am not one of them.
As some of you may know, I never subscribed to the idea of rapid release. I can write the first draft of a book in a few weeks. If you consider most of the novels I have written are all around 100,000 words, I can finish the story in two or three months. But I like to edit slowly, taking my time as the initial draft becomes something more precise. And I cut a lot. I'm talking tens of thousands of words sliced from the first draft.
For example, some beta readers have asked me about deleted scenes, especially from the first Star Runners book. Some scenes went into other books (you wouldn't believe where the battle over Atlantis once took place) while others are still on a hard drive where they will stay. In most cases, I have no regrets of scenes I've cut.
I always wanted to give the reader everything I could with each novel, aiming to provide a solid standalone story that was also part of a more significant arc. My wife has complained about buying short books for full price that never wrapped up anything. I didn't want to do that to anyone who took a chance on my books.
I am writing all this to say I knew I would never be able to transition to the rapid release format. Was it better? Did it lead to more sales? It sure seemed to work for many authors. It was not right for me.
Now, I've heard the winds of change are shifting toward spending more on advertising. Some authors are angry about the change calling it a "pay to play" scenario. Maybe I'm naive, but it doesn't bother me. I spend a little on advertising each month but not the thousands I hear some authors pay.
So what's my version of rapid release? I'm still writing stories because I cannot imagine doing anything else. I can't stop. And I feel so blessed any of you ever give me a chance. I have a few manuscripts in various stages of review. I want to publish a book or two a year for the rest of my life. Invasion (left) was released earlier this year. Will I have another ready before 2019 is over?
I doubt it. I can't believe it's already Labor Day. But I will keep you posted on my progress and let you know.
For now, have a great start to the month! Keep smiling and, of course, stay frosty!