I’ve been busy in the few days since Royal James disappeared. I’m just waiting for them to take The Invisible Crown down off Amazon and other sites so I can reupload it myself. In a bit of a holding pattern on that because, as I just said, I’m waiting on someone else to do a thing.
But! in the meantime, I have not been resting on my laurels. No, I have been very busy getting things up and running for the next book. The year with Royal James taught me several things, among them (1) work with people you trust and (2) you get what you pay for. The last time I was doing the self-publishing thing, I tried to do everything by myself: editing, formatting, cover design and layout, marketing, etc. And, when I could snatch a free moment from all that, I’d even manage to do some writing now and then.
This time around, I’m taking a different approach. A book is not all that dissimilar from a child, and both take a village to bring up right. To that end, I’ve contacted various individuals known to me to help out with editing and cover design. I haven’t decided whether or not to bring in outside help on formatting; I have the formatted files for the first book, and I think I could just use those as a guide (and create some internal style consistency, which would be nice). That’s all still a few months down the road, though. I anticipate being able to get the second book out in September or so, and the third book probably by summer next year. I want to accelerate the timeline Royal James had been planning (a book a year) to something that puts more books in people’s hands faster (I’m leaning towards a release every nine months or so until I’ve put out all the books I’ve already got written, then we’ll see how long it takes in between new ones after that).
Additionally, I’ve decided to pursue something of a mad idea I came up with back when TIC came out: an audio book. I know, it seems silly to do an audio book of a novel only a few dozen people have read, but (1) I’m hoping to get more readers in the coming months and (2) it’s my book, shut up. All that said, I’ve got several friends who’ve stepped up and offered to contribute their vocal talents to the project, and I started working out what characters are in each scene yesterday so I can have an idea how many different people we’ll actually need.
I’m also – and this might be the most relevant thing of all – writing again! It’s been a few months since I felt like putting words to the page, for whatever reason. But lately, I’ve started up a couple of new stories, at least one of which will probably turn into a novel (or even a series of novels!). It’s a good feeling, to have words showing up when I sit down to write.
Anyway, stay tuned! As soon as I’ve got complete control of the book, I’ll do a giveaway with some fabulous* prizes!
* – Quality of prizes may be slightly exaggerated.