Plugging Away on Novel #3: How much time between releases?

Summer break for a teacher. Is there anything better in the world?  It has been great to finally have time to write. I’m currently working on novel #3 even though novel two hasn’t even been released yet. It’s a little trick I like to have up my sleeve. Have the next one complete before I release the previous one.

Why do I do it this way?  I’m not exactly sure. I guess it’s a way of taking the pressure off.  I never have to say, “Oh no, this new release is going well; what am I going to follow it  with?” No pressure. The next one is done.

Besides that, it allows me to appropriately space out my releases as much as I want. What is the correct length between releases? Crucial question. The answer? I don’t know. I do know that I want to give each book enough time to find its footing to, hopefully, help the release of the next one. Beauty Rising released in December 2012. Six months later there are still plenty of avenues of promotion yet to be explored. Reviews keep accumulating (now 60 of them on Amazon) and there are so many things still to do, so it doesn’t make much sense to cramp a book’s style by overshadowing it with a new one until the timing is right.

But another thing I noticed about successful authors, they all have multiple books that have previously been released. That’s crucial. No one wants to be a one-hit-wonder, I’m compelled not to wait too much longer until I release The Recluse Storyteller.  Approximate release date is less than four months. Yes, I’m excited about it.

My first draft of the storyteller was written in the summer of 2012.  Then I let it sit for six months when I decided to finally release Beauty Rising, which has kept me very busy. In July, I will get back to my final revisions on the Storyteller. By then, I’ll have heard from my advanced readers and be able to put together a final copy. I even have the cover finished thanks to my resident artist of the year, Joyce Lee. I can’t wait to share it with you. Someday.

But for me, what’s nice to know is that when I finally get back to The Recluse Storyteller, I’ll have already completed the first draft of novel number three.

And that’s all right with me.

So that’s how I currently do things as an indie author. What about you?

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