The Future of Ichabod Brooks

Cover Art by Circecorp

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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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36 Responses to The Future of Ichabod Brooks

  1. I say you use the Bedlam and Ichabod adventures as a way to relax. Work on your serious series and then when you need a break do one or the other for a time. Before you know it you will have another complete story of both. Then you publish or blog post. Up to you. The point is the characters will continue to live.

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  2. I agree with John, Charles – you’ve can continue investing in these characters, if they help you relax and even if you put their tales on the blog, you can still publish them in short story books (just don’t go onto Kindle Select with them). 😎

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  3. Have you looked into alternative cover artists that may not charge as much? Some are really good without the expense.

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    • The person who does the covers for Nytefall has good prices, but I’m still looking at at least a few hundred. The times I’ve gone cheap, I’ve gotten what I paid for. Even $100 is a lot to come back from if the book only sells 10 copies at $2.99 or .99 cents. At least the core series tend to keep selling or getting page reads after the first month.

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  4. I’m struggling with the financial aspect of all this myself. I’ve been asking myself some hard questions, and don’t like the answers I’m coming up with. We each have to figure that out for ourselves. Truthfully, Ichabod is my favorite of your characters. I hope he finds a way to step back from the abyss.

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    • It’s funny how so many people love Ichabod, but the books don’t seem to move. I wonder why that is. He might just have to take an extended break as I focus on other things. The Bedlam crew are closer to the abyss than he is, which is frustrating. I really like writing Cassidy and Lloyd, but I think my reputation as a fantasy author prevents my main audience from making the jump.

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      • I need to look more at targeting my efforts. Our fans are more willing to go on faith, but we also need new people. That might require more focused promotions.

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      • It has become a mystery as to where we can find new readers. One thing I’ve considered is that many promotions are ignored or can’t be seen. Either they are lost in the flood of social media or ad blockers prevent one from seeing them at all. I think the latter has an effect on Amazon campaigns because I don’t see any turn up when I’m on my laptop, but they are there when I use my phone.

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      • Interesting point. Everything is starting to cost a lot too.

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  5. L. Marie says:

    I think what John said is very wise. I’d like to see both series continue. I really enjoyed the Ichabod books.

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  6. It’s really up to you. If it was me, I’d work on them to publish, and only post the odd teaser on the blog. But, like I said, it’s really up to you.

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    • The issue is time. Even on this break, I don’t have nearly enough time to work on books. So, my side projects like Ichabod and Bedlam are in competition with my main series. This might go on for years, which means I have to choose between ideas now.

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      • I figured that by what you said. The thing is though, you have to find time to work on them no matter what, right? So if you’re going to do so, you might as well go ahead and put them in a book, and at least have a chance of getting paid for your time and effort. That’s my view anyhow.

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      • I get it. Aiming for publishing means it will take longer. Nytefall comes before Ichabod these days. So I’d need to only touch his stories when the other is paused.

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  7. I’d love to buy another Ichabod book. Bedlam is less of a fave. For the financing, perhaps look at a Patreon? Many writers publish short work on Patreon as a reward to their patrons. If Ichabod is short work anyway, that could fit. You might be able to raise funds for a second book with cover art that matches the previous one.

    Like Craig said, we all reasses at this time of year. My resolution for 2019 is to look at Patreon, Instagram and Book Bub as methods to reach a wider audience. I feel like I’ve gone as far as I can with just a blog.

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    • I’ve looked at Patreon, but I wouldn’t be able to keep up with monthly rewards. It would cause more harm than good because of my schedule.

      Seems nobody really likes Bedlam. Have to admit that the response from people makes me feel like I shouldn’t try to step out of fantasy.

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  8. You could maybe use the stories as a teaser to gather more readers via a newsletter. Something to offer to draw people in. Hope that helps.

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    • I’ve wondered about newsletters. They were pretty big a whole back, but I don’t see them mentioned as much these days. Are they still very useful?

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      • Not sure. I can’t seem to get anyone to subscribe to mine, lol. I’ve heard if you offer a freebie, people will sign up but there’s no guarantee once they got the free item, they’d stay. Some writers swear by them though.

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      • I remember seeing a conversation from authors saying that they subscribed to others and just had them go to spam. So, it doesn’t seem like it’s that effective.

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      • Yeah, the big gurus always say that your email list is gold but I’m not sure many people want to sign up for them today with possible spam. I know I get a lot of ads from newsletters and it often makes me unsubscribe unless I really like the author. Sorry, couldn’t be of more help! I was reading two different reviews of the current market and one side said books sales were up and running, the other said that things are looking grim. How do you know who to listen to, I wonder?

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  9. I enjoy Bedlam but love Ichabod–every aspect of it, from the awesome covers to the great stories. I hope we can get sales to pick up in the next year.

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