The Future of Bedlam: After Protecting

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Last Thursday, Protecting Bedlam came to an end on this blog.  The summer into fall adventure of Cassidy and Lloyd didn’t really net much in terms of sales.  Still, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who read to the end, are still reading to the end, bought one of the previous adventures, and reblogged.  I really appreciate that since this is a project I love writing, but seem to get little back for in terms of response.

This brings up the question of what to do next.  I would normally be publishing Derailing Bedlam in February since it’s written and only needs to be edited and given a cover.  Yet, this isn’t cheap and money is getting tight.  2018 will see the start of a new series and the stand alone from Legends of Windemere.  Bedlam is in a category where people love the idea, talk about it when it’s on the blog, and then nothing happens in terms of sales to justify putting money behind it.  Maybe I can just pay for the cover and do all free publishing.  The problem there is that I such a thing would involve a lot of guest posts, but I’ll be having the first War of Nytefall book coming out in April and it might be too soon to be guest so close together.

I’m also trying to think about the pricing.  Crossing Bedlam and Chasing Bedlam are 99 cents each.  Do I keep that going or raise the sequel to $2.99?  What if I do a third one?

Anyway, I’d be happy to hear what people think.  I know I should be confident and publish my finished projects like many authors do.  Yet, this is becoming an issue of funds and the previous books getting very little traction.  So, what do people think?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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18 Responses to The Future of Bedlam: After Protecting

  1. No comments??? I guess people don’t like giving career advice. I have no idea either. Enhanced League was 99¢, The Hat and Estivation will be 99¢. I don’t think it has anything to do with price these days. It’s all about finding an audience to target. In my case, I would be better off to stick to one genre and work on building that specific audience. That doesn’t work for me, as I like many things and want to play there. I think I would be content at this point to recover the cost of cover and Lisa art. I’m still building with Lisa and won’t abandon that project. It may be one of the few things I’ve done right, but it’s a long game.

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    • Starting to wonder about the genre too. Yet even fantasy is having trouble for me. It isn’t even career advice here since it’s Bedlam specific. I’m publishing the other series, but I wonder if this is a dead horse. People liked the blog story. Can’t do it again though.

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  2. I enjoyed Protecting Bedlam and I’m planning on buying the other two soon, something I wouldn’t have imagined doing when I started reading it. I know that doesn’t help you decide what to do.
    Maybe come up with a cover you could do yourself? I’ve seen some authors who just change the main color of the cover from book to book.

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  3. I would definitely publish Protecting as both a stand-alone book and as part of a trilogy. Then, I’d price them at 99c, $1.99, and $2.99 respectively, while I’d price the trilogy at $3.99.

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