It’s been months, I know. The silence has been long, yes, but it’s also been productive. As of today, I have finished the initial draft of the second novel in my to-be-released series. The fact that today is also my 33rd birthday may or may not be a coincidence. A year closer to inexistence! Wooooooo!
But let’s get down to business. The rapid-firing of samples at agents didn’t seem to go so well, though I happen to think the samples are really good. This may be due to the sluggishness inherent in traditional publishing, the agents not liking the sample I used, or a number of other reasons. Regardless, if no one is reading the full manuscript by the end of July, I will officially declare that path closed and start making arrangements to self-publish that book. For now, that includes getting a great (as opposed to good or passable) cover, and scheduling a number of promotions for a good launch.
A great cover of course, demands a better artist. So I will need some time to find and hire one, and for them to finish the work. Therefore, if nothing changes for me in the trad publishing department, Brotherhood of the Worm should see release by late September or early October. As for scheduling launch promos and trying to ride the algorithm wave, there is one notable complication: that of me not being in Kindle Unlimited.
It’s no secret that I have no love for KU. But as far as breaking out goes, Amazon my best bet, and books that aren’t in the system tend to drop much faster in bestseller lists. If I don’t enroll Brotherhood at launch, I will effectively be shooting myself in the foot. But then comes the question of how much money would I lose from Brotherhood rents that never translate into rents of the Nameless Chronicle due to it not being enrolled. Maybe a lot. Maybe I suck and I’d lose nothing, because no one would willingly read more. No way to know without trying.
This isn’t easy for me to say, but it seems that I will have to put the Nameless stuff back into KU. It only makes sense, given that this would be the most resource-intensive launch of my career. Not trying to maximize my exposure on the (sadly) only platform that counts, while also earning additional money, would not be smart. I will think more about it in the meantime, but it’ll likely need to be done. Whether or not I remain in the system afterward, will depend on how kind it ends up being to me.
TL; DR: Trad publishing dabble either failing or frozen in place. If this doesn’t change, will likely self-publish first new book by early October. Nameless stuff possibly going back to KU in order to maximize effectiveness of moneys spent on launch promos.
That’s essentially it. I will now give myself a couple days to rest my brain, then proceed to iron the manuscript for the newer of my two unpublished books. This will of course lead to the usual beta readers => editor steps, then the release.
Hopefully this time around, I will see more success.
M. T. Miller