As the Autumn Leaves Change, So Doth My Author Platform
OK, so I’m not William Shakespeare. Blog post titles are hard. Stop judging me.
Never mind the ill-advised poetry. The point is, I’m making some tweaks to my branding and my author platform. Lately, I’ve been going over my tiny little indie publishing empire with a fine-tooth comb, looking for things that need to be expanded and things that need to be cut back on. I want to prioritize the stuff that’s most important for me and for my readers. So a few things are going to be different from here on out.
- My email newsletter is going to be streamlined a little. I’m cutting out the writing tips and indie book picks. There will be occasional articles about writing on the blog, and I’ll be reviewing books frequently from both indie and traditional authors there as well. I’ll also still do interviews, blog tours, etc. I’m just not creating additional content on top of that for the newsletter anymore. I want to spend more time writing fiction than non-fiction articles, at least for right now.
- I’m putting more emphasis on book reviews. Those get me most of my online engagement outside of my fiction writing. So expect to see a lot of activity related to that on this site and on Goodreads.
- This one might be controversial, and I apologize in advance—but I’ve decided to raise the prices on my books. Very soon, The Beast of Talesend will cost $3.99, and The Tomb of the Sea Witch (as well as future books in the Beaumont and Beasley series) will be sold for $4.99. This way, I can ensure enough financial returns to justify continuing the series.
- I’m going to expand the world of the Beaumont and Beasley series into a far bigger shared universe of characters and storylines. I’ve been teasing this for a while, but right now I’m really getting serious about it. I have quite a few B&B spinoffs planned. None of them (aside from Crockett and Crane) is ready for an announcement yet, but they’re getting there.
I hope these changes don’t put people off too much. I’ve been doing a lot of research about how to organize a writing career for maximum efficiency and returns, and these plans are what came of that research. The point of all this is to give my readers more of what they like while freeing up my schedule and finances to do more of what I enjoy most at the same time. Even though the indie publishing field has been around for a while now, it’s still uncharted territory to some degree, so I’m trying a variety of strategies to see what sticks. I’ll course-correct if any of them don’t work out.
As always, your feedback on these and all of my creative decisions is welcome. So long as it’s positive. XD Kidding, you can say whatever you like. Either way, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my stories with you.