My journey with writing started an early age. In middle school, when we were given creative writing topics, I would end up with stories that were so long the teacher wouldn't even bother to read them. He would just give me an 'A' and move on to the next student.
Early in my high school days, I had multiple knee surgeries that took me away from my (lackluster) sporting career. During my downtime, I wrote two books of a three book series and my parents had them printed out with hundreds of copies.
They were terrible and are now collecting dust in their basement. I barely recognize or remember them, but I do remember how much fun I had putting them together.
My strategy with releasing new books has been:
- Write The Book
- Publish The Book
I've tried a ton of different things to market and promote my book, and I've had success with some, but in general I haven't really made much money from it (yet!).
All in all, though, I do it because it is fun and not because I need to be successful. I just like to write and will keep putting out stories as long as it is fun.
My first newly published book was one that I spent years working on. It was a fictional story, but it related back to real life events from my family and myself. Things that affected me deeply as a kid ended up in the story, and it was difficult to write. That book would eventually be called Ripples through Time
While I wrote that, I always started my huge and sprawling space opera called Graveyard of Empires. It is needlessly complex, overburdened with characters and personalities, and a heck of a lot of fun to write. It has almost no audience or market, but it is just for me. I wanted to tell this story with these characters, and it is the series I continually turn back to when I just want to have a little bit of fun.
The thing that these early books taught me, however, was that sometimes it is better to focus my ideas smaller while still creating a large world. I wrote Raven's Peak with that in mind. My goal was to create an, at least, partially marketable book with some interesting and unique characters. I tried new things, had a little bit of success, and learned a lot.
Being an indie author is difficult. I have a new book coming out in a couple of weeks that I've spent almost half of the year preparing for, and right now I have no indication if it will be a success or a failure. All I know is that I had a lot of fun writing it, and I'll keep on writing after it is done. I write for myself, and I enjoy putting stories on paper.
When The Everett Exorcism launches, it will be my most ambitious book to date. I'm trying a lot of new things, hoping to reach new audiences, and with any luck I'll be able to make something of a splash with it.
And, if not, then back to the drawing board!