Welcome to another month with Indie Life, where we take an opportunity to reach out to other indie authors sharing tips, advice, encouragement — and anything else that comes to mind related to life as an independent author. If you’d like to join, visit the Indelibles Indie Life page.
If anyone’s told you the indie life is filled with heap upon heap of decisions to be made, they weren’t kidding. If you haven’t published a book, you can bet you’re not prepared for the multitude of items you’ll add to and check off your to-do list. But what about those author conundrums, when it seems there’s no right answer — and in fact, no LOGICAL answer to be had?
I experimented with KDP Select for my Children of the Sidhe fantasy romances this year, but I’m in the process of pulling my books out. Exclusivity doesn’t really appeal to me, and the beneits weren’t worth having my books unavailable elsewhere. Books one and two are done and I’m in the process of re-uploading to all retailers. However, book three is still listed with KDP Select — exclusive to Amazon — until December 20th. Meanwhile, I just published book four in the series yesterday.
Author Conundrum #1: Do I publish book four EVERYWHERE, like books one and two, even though book three won’t be available outside of Amazon until Christmas?
(My preliminary decision on this is to wait. Thanks to hubby for listening to me whine about it until he decided to throw caution to the wind and give me his 2 cents.)
And another example, this one completely different:
I’m almost done writing the second novel in my Foulweather Twins fantasy series. It’s written in first person — that’s how I planned and envisioned it for years before I started writing. Of course, as I’ve written, new points of view have slammed me in the face with their own stories. When readers like a series they always want more, and these additional stories would enrich the world I’ve created with Foulweather Twins…
Author Conundrum #2: Once a first-person viewpoint in a world is established, is it possible to tell stories outside that viewpoint within the same world? Is it completely disjointed to have those other viewpoints be third person? Should I make additional viewpoints first person? Should I avoid the confusion entirely?
The first conundrum I presented is very much about the business of being an “author entrepreneur”, planning publication and promotion opportunities, etc. The second conundrum is completely a writer concern. Sure, there’s a marketing aspect, but the part that bugs me is the incongruity — it’s an artist concern, not really a business concern.
These conundrums illustrate how many trains of thought and chains of action we have to keep in progress as independent authors. Of course, if you have advice for me, I’d be happy to hear it in the comments. 🙂