Friday, September 21, 2018

Writing: Busy, Busy, Busy

I'll confess--I've been enjoying not having a deadline to meet. As an "independent" author, I've been free to relax a bit. After all, there's no editor or marketing manager or someone else from a publishing house to tell me that a manuscript is due on such-and-such a date, that I need to get edits returned by a specific time, that I should cooperate in marketing because my book will be published an a certain day...in other words, there's a real temptation to enjoy this relative freedom. But at some point, authors unassociated with a publisher have to wake up to the fact that it's all up to them to set up a schedule and meet some of those deadlines--even if they're self-imposed.

My book, Guarded Prognosis, has been doing well, and I thank each of you who has read it (or any of the other dozen novels and four novellas I've written). I'm now in the midst of arranging for that novel to be available in audio format (which means I have to listen to the entire novel myself, correcting any errors the narrator makes). And in a moment of weakness, I said there'd be a novella published late this fall, which means I'm back at work putting the finishing touches on Emergency Case. So, despite the temptation to kick back, I'm back at work...writing, editing, creating, selling, even a little bit of teaching. Ah, the writing life.

Which brings me to a question for you. What do you think the ideal interval between release of novels would be? One per year? One per six months? Does your answer reflect your status as a writer, a reader, or both? Let me hear.

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9 comments:

greg fuller said...

To answer you question honestly: I'd like the format two novella and a novel. That way you have time to sweet dream a good juicy novel between the novellas.

Anne Rightler said...

If the book is part and parcel of a series, sooner rather than later! I hate it when you come to a cliff-hanger ending and know there’s another year before you can find out what happens!
Avid reader here.

Richard Mabry said...

Anne, I'm with you--I write cliff-hanger endings to chapters sometimes, but try to tie things up when the book ends. My problem, as a writer, is that I can't keep up the format of something every few months, whether novella or novel. (BTW, I think the shorter novella is harder to write than the long-form novel). But as a reader, as soon as I finish one, I'm ready for another. Thanks so much for your comment.

Priscilla said...

As a reader, I think standalones every 18 to 24 months are fine. I have plenty of fave authors to fill the time gaps. In a series, I do like a quicker turnaround, 6 to 12 months IF it's the kind of series that you need to read in order. Otherwise, a longer gap between books in a series is fine.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, thanks for this reader's perspective. I appreciate it.

Paula said...

If I had my druthers, one every six months. But to be realistic one per year. That gives the author time to put out a better book. And I have way too many books to read. I will never catch up! That does not reflect on the quality(I need to be more selective) of the product but on my quantity of favorite authors! You included, Richard.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Paula--for your nice words and for realizing that writing a good book takes time.

Patricia Bradley said...

I would love for you to write your books faster... ;-) But I know how hard that can be. I've written 9 books since 2013 and they are trade size like yours. This year I'm only writing one, mainly because I remodeled my bathrooms and I'm going to Israel.

Looking forward to getting your next book!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I agree. As a reader, when I finish one book by an author I like, I'm ready for another. As a writer, when I finish a book, I sometimes think I'm through with writing.
Good luck in the Carol Awards.