Well, I just finished the next book. Now can haz 24 dayz to finish the next... to put it in lolcat (yes, I am crazy).
It's a good story. I am still at the pleased phase. Tomorrow comes the 'it sucks' phase.
I shouldn't have written this one right now, but well, when I look at the wider world of publishing I figure I'm toast anyway so I might as well go down fighting and doing books I want to, as just trying to work with the machine. Anyway, I was dealing with the gamut of book end emotions (I have high-camp endings), and already going through the euphoria and the post partum blues all at once. Saving time. Gotta get it over with - I have another part done book to finish, and I really need to feed e-book market at Naked Reader too. I am increasingly determined that that is what has to be done. I love paper books myself (I also read happily on screen) but the way that paper is working - with order to the nett sales (ie what the author sold last time, or what gets shipped), leaves writers at the mercy of everything anyone else in the chain can mess up. I've just got the royalty statements for DRAGON'S RING and various other books. Let's put it this way, it had a great cover, I've been told it is one of my better stories... but it can't do very well when it only ships 2400 copies. Likewise, the Karres books have done well... but the first book was out of print, before the second book even came out. Which means the figures are a long way under what they could be... which means next time, the order is lower. Which means it can only sell less. I had wondered why my paperback to hardback ratio was dropping while books like Rats Bats and Vats and Pyramid Scheme continue - many years on - to sell around 600 paperback copies a year each and have ratios around 7:1. The answer is easy... you can't sell what isn't for sale.
This is a death spiral, unless you kick out of it somehow. I intend to keep trying. One way is to write under a psuedonym. Another is to co-author. Another is to build your own market, via the e-book side. This has a lot of appeal to me, because it isn't over to someone in marketing or cover design or distribution to make or break your future... which, oddly, is always driver error if it goes wrong, although the driver has no control at all.
Of course the other option is to get the paperback to get ordered well enough. So anyone who feels like giving the powers-that-be a poke in the snoot... order a paperback of DRAGON'S RING - BEFORE it is available on the 28th of December (one the best selling dates ever!;-/) so it can't be sold out and not reprinted. Go on. You like this sort of thing happening to the organ grinder's monkey as much as you like your favorite author's books now costing $84 for a paperback. (needless to say, the author still sees 64 cents).
And tomorrow I continue with writing the sequel. Which they have bought - after the sales figures for the hardback. Don't ask me... I only work here ;-).
So let's talk about the ending of books. Of how you move on. Or of ideas on how to break the death spiral...
Because you're never too old (to write or rock and roll)
If you're too young to die.