Dear internet podcasting publishing gurus,
I have no idea what to do next and am faced with a gigantic dilemma. The path forward in some ways is quite clear: finish recording the Horde and complete the release.
However, my confusion lies in the “how” of accomplishing this action. Originally I had thought to release one chapter a week starting next week. Since there are 56 chapters and five already released, this means approximately a year from now readers get the conclusion of the book.
An alternative that has occurred to me due is to finalize the release as fast as possible and make as many episodes as possible available as soon as possible. There are financial incentives with this approach, though it impacts my attempts to balance producing the Horde with the next Storyteller Chronicles book.
I’m not sure how it will impact the print release I’m working on for the Horde- I figure it’ll likely result in a faster release of a print version with a lower quality revision and possibly more work required for promotion. I was originally on making the print release available before I had released the final audio episode.
The Horde is a completed 56 chapter novel though I’m doing some structural revisions to make individual bits of it more enjoyable. If I read a chapter and don’t feel it’s awesome, I rewrite till I’ve changed my mind. The ending of the book quakes in fear because I want an awesome ending-ending, not just a book that stops hoping you’ll buy the “sequel.”
I’ve reviewed what I understand of the Robin Sullivan method (her comment on Monday’s blog gives you some good guidance to an intro to her method and I’d suggest to her blog and reading everything). I’ve come to the following conclusions:
It’s in my best interest to create a large back catalogue of books to have available.
It’s in my best interest to actively promote my book.
It’s in my best interest to monitor the price of my book to maximize my income from writing.
None of this really helps me address the decision above so I’ve got some serious thinking to do. It doesn’t change the immediate next steps (recording, revising, producing, uploading, writing) but the long term vision is important.
So if anyone out there has wisdom, please share it with this humble (well, ok, somewhat humble) newbie.
The only thing I feel certain of is that at the moment I’m currently feeling stuck with a dichotomous choice. Usually that means what I need to do is find the option C that is hiding in the shadows that is a better plan than either option A or option B.
Help me internet publication gurus or random people with interesting ideas, you’re my only hope.