Over the weekend while praying 55 mph winds didn’t take down trees surrounding me, crush my comfy abode, and smash my car, I caught up on a few newsletters. You know the ones filled with book ads? The same ones I use to promote my books.
The lists of other books inspired me. After viewing them, all I wanted to do was get back to writing my current work in progress. One finished draft (except for the ending) is on the back burner to rest. This was the perfect time to continue another one, and lo-and-behold, the words are spilling out of my head.
I had started this book earlier, but I didn’t want to work on two books, so I let it sit after writing around 10,000 words. Now I’m up to over 22,000. Ranch matriarch Judy and her family are raring to get their book out there.
Another thing inspiring me this week, happened while reading group posts from authors who have three or four series books ready to publish via rapid release, and others finishing a series for a rapid release.
I have high praise for authors who do this. Congratulations to every one of you.
How do you wait though? When I have a book edited, formatted, and ready, I want and NEED my baby published. If I waited to write three or four books before publishing, I’d starve to death and end up on the street. What am I missing?
As I think about this, I might have an opportunity to at least write a prequel to a book due out in November and release them close together. This upcoming book could become a series. Authors, does it make sense to write a prequel to a book that won’t be a series?
I’m a full-time writer, but I can’t get books written quickly unless I set the word count at around 30 to 35,000 words. My readers are used to longer books from me. I’d like to write shorter books.
Yes, this is inspiring, but scary too. If this is the way publishing is going now, I’m in trouble. However, I don’t think it’s right for me.
I say, do what works best for you.
This week, I thought with so much inspiration from other authors surrounding me, I could write a short post to fit into my Tuesday Inspiration for the Muse spot. This is it. Keep on keeping on, y’all, and Happy Writing and Reading.