So, I’m trying to decide what to do with Ichabod Brooks. He’s fairly popular even though the book doesn’t sell any better than the others. After making Derailing Bedlam a blog-only story and feeling like I’m giving up on Cassidy and Lloyd, I’m left wondering if I should do the same to Ichabod. The way I see it, I have two options:
- Gradually write the next collection and put it up on the blog as I finish. This means I won’t have to pay for cover art and promoting. Not bad since money is tight, but I’m feeling really bad about what I’m doing to my characters. Once they go on the blog, I don’t have the same urgency to write more. Cassidy and Lloyd might get a fifth adventure one day, but I have such limited time that I need to focus on the big series. I can feel a pain in my chest as I consider that they are becoming a symbol of my failure and now I’m just wandering away from the real topic.
- The other option is to gradually write the next set of Ichabod Brooks stories and figure out a way to get cover art. I will release it at some point instead of making it a scheduled one. This is already happening with War of Nytefall, which is the core series that I need to focus on. I’m writing this post in October, so maybe I’ve already started in on some of the Ichabod Brooks stories, but the question is: What do I do with them?
Much like Bedlam, Ichabod Brooks just came to me on a whim and I’ve enjoyed running with the unexpected ideas. They don’t have the pressure of the bigger series, so maybe I shouldn’t worry too much. Perhaps I can even set out to gather all of the Bedlam books into one big collection (minus the political one) and publish that one day. I just find it hard to have these ideas written or beyond the outline stage and not share them.
So, what do people think? Guess I’m asking for both Bedlam and Ichabod Brooks.