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First World Writerly Problems [Apr. 23rd, 2012|02:41 pm]
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I don't know if this qualifies as fear of success or me just being spoiled, but I had a personal insight about one reason e-publishing is so attractive to me despite all of my concerns: There's less chance of getting pigeonholed.

Granted this may qualify for placement in the "I Wish I Had That Problem" department, and I won't exactly say my writing has been all over the map, but I have covered a lot of terrain. In the last eight years the novels I've completed include alternate history, science fiction, historicals, historical fantasy, and young adult fantasy. I've left unfinished one young adult fantasy, one historical fantasy, and two science fiction novels. And theoretically I could publish at least one collection of short stories and/or poems, nearly all of which would be speculative. The next three books I have in mind are one quasi-historical humorous science fiction and two historicals, the latter including another Arizona-styled epic about the Mississippi River.

In short, I could theoretically drive a publisher or agent crazy, especially if I want to try publishing them all under my own name.

Of course, there's a reason it might drive the industry members crazy: This kind of back-and-forth could make it incredibly difficult for me to find any kind of fan base, not to mention hindering sales. I know even bestselling authors have trouble with their less-popular stuff, like the major drops Terry Brooks would suffer whenever he switched from Shannara to The Word and the Void.

On the other hand I'm enjoying the freedom immensely, and it guarantees that I won't be writing a book that my heart isn't in. So I have to figure out a way to balance the two--provided I don't enjoy the unlikely Joe R. Lansdale event of finding fan bases in each genre.

Right now, as probably goes without saying if you at least catch this journal from time to time, I'm leaning towards Enjoying Myself.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2012-04-23 07:13 pm (UTC)

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Firm believer in enjoying self. And hey, if my self-pubbed stuff gets less than ten readers a month (and some of them do) that's still more than I'd get just sitting on the stories.
[User Picture]From: madwriter
2012-04-23 08:13 pm (UTC)

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I'll shamelessly admit that my primary interest is being read rather than making money, though making money would certainly be helpful for more reasons than the obvious. That said, though, if I was guaranteed one hundred thousand readers of any particular book of mine if I gave the books away for free, I'd probably do it.