It’s time for the December meeting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which convenes the first Wednesday of every month.
I’m still trying to figure out ways to market myself better, and hoping I might see a real increase in sales after I have physical copies of my books. I also can’t help but wonder if it’s really a good idea for two of the three books I’d planned on releasing in 2015 to be sequels to two of the books I released in 2014, since there haven’t been so many sales yet. If most people haven’t read the first book yet, it’s not like there’s a huge demand for the sequel.
I’m also kind of hesitant to ask book review bloggers for reviews, since I’m worried they might not like my writing, might not have an opening in their schedules, or might not take review requests, even from writers they’re already acquainted with through the blogosphere. Nobody wants to ask someone for a review and then find a scathing review of 3 stars or less.
I’m sure some reviewers might also be held back because two of the three books I currently have out are saga-length, at over 300,000 words. (And believe me, I slaved away to get them down to their final lengths, from much longer initial lengths!) Those were just the lengths which naturally unfolded for those particular books, contrary to the current status quo pushed by traditional publishing.
I’m sure a big part of it is just related to my overall phone, bill-paying, and e-mail anxiety, which is part of how my particular iteration of Asperger’s manifests itself. I don’t want to use being an Aspie as a crutch, but my brain happens to be wired differently. While I view Asperger’s as a beautiful blessing and gift from God, and couldn’t imagine myself as a neurotypical, there are also times where I kind of wish I knew how to behave neurotypically, like not being so introverted in social settings and not having such crippling anxiety over asking for book reviews or paying my bills the moment I get them.
If anyone is interested, I rearranged the “About my Russian novels” page, so that it’s nested and the main page now has links to the pages for each individual book. I also finally wrote a synopsis for the third book, my massive WIP which is hopefully finally only a few months away from completion. I also wrote synopses for the future fourth and fifth books, though I haven’t come up with working titles or synopses for the two prequels yet.
There’s also a new synopsis for my NaNo WIP, my alternative history, under the “Other projects” page. I’ve rewritten this synopsis a number of times and still amn’t happy with it.
One of the three books I’d planned to release in 2015 is And the Lark Arose from Sullen Earth, my second volume about Jakob and Rachel. I imagine I’ll be using the same cover artist I used for the first volume, though I may just continue creating my own covers for my other books. I’m improving as an artist all the time, so long as I stay within my current capabilities. I definitely won’t be using my original cover for The Very First, which I drew in 2000:
Seriously, I’ve improved so much as an artist since then. Not only am I now using artist-quality materials, but I also know how to draw better-proportioned hands and necks, and know how to draw a natural-looking face, with a separation between the neck and chin.