As I said, I only have one question and then I’ll answer for me:
What are you doing this summer?
A simple question, but one that has an impact on indie authors and bloggers alike. The summer is a slow and nearly dead time for both. You scrambling to get what little sales you can find and try to promote with the hope of hitting a freak high point. At least that’s been my experience. Sure, you can release a new book and put on the afterburners to boost it. Not a guarantee, but it’s something. Otherwise, you hang back and ride out the storm to about mid-August/September.
For me, I’m going with the second option since I don’t have anything else to release right now. Will I make it to the fall with Charms of the Feykin? No idea. My summer for writing will be working on the first draft of Chasing Bedlam (the 2’s of fans cheer for that news) and maybe Book 14. The kid has summer session, but it’s only for half a day and that doesn’t give me much time. The episodic nature of ‘Bedlam’ makes it easier to take breaks than the heavier Windemere.
All of that leads me to these two points. One is for July and the other is for August:
- See that ‘Legends of Windemere Bios’ page that showed up out of nowhere? Well, I’m going to be putting ‘Teaser Tuesday’ and ‘Questions 3’ on a break in July. They will be replaced by character bios that will give the basics of each champion, Kira Grasdon, and Fizzle. A smarter person than I suggested this as a way of helping those who start late in the series to learn about the characters. Some characters will be missing info due to spoilers, but I’m hoping to give a background and insight into each one with 2-3 paragraphs. The listed info will include: hair, eyes, role/job, debut book, signature weapon, unique markings, and hometown. Not sure what else to put there right now.
- In August, I might bring back ‘Questions 3’ and turn Tuesday into a guest post day for authors. Nothing extravagant or complicated. If you want to write up a post to promote your book then let me know. It’ll be a first come, first serve thing and the amount of people who respond will determine if I add extra days to this. Since this is for August, I’ll speak more about it later.
Anyway, that’s the news. Kind of like a goals/life update, which might work out since I don’t know if I’ll be around over the weekend. Having trouble deciding on what to say in those things since I don’t do much. Have fun.