While translating, I caught another minor mistake in Cinder Boy… will correct it this weekend on the single ebook, still not corrected the collections the fairy tales revisited are in. Sigh. I wish I could just leave them behind, but translating them is also good marketing, so… It’s just a question of correcting a file and upload it again to 5 or 6 places…
And then you wonder why I have “publisher” burn out, LOL! Anyhow, this week I shall upload the other two collections that are the last two titles I will publish in English this year. Next year is still quite foggy, although I do have a vague idea of what I want to write and have made a sort of priority list.
Write-wise, I’ve finished the novella for Tor, currently in beta, and added things to Quests 3, so that both are ready for Mighty Editor. I hope to start on Quests 4 today and write until I need to “take a break” for the Anthology workshop. I might actually have a first draft by December 4! 😉
Now I leave you to an ode to artistic freedom in this wondrous new world of publishing! Next year I might become hybrid instead of indie, but I’m still happy with the artistic freedom I have! 🙂 I do know the power of creative voice (in fact my critical voice is probably dead or at least fast asleep and I have no desire to wake it up) so even if I do like to reread my own stuff, I also trust the process of my creativity…
I might write for a certain niche market next year, because it’s a challenge and I want to see if I can do it, but you all know very well that I’m not a trend chaser (I actually hope to set a new trend, LOL!). A publisher in that niche told me she “was very pleased with your writing style and narrative! It’s refreshing honestly. We get a lot of novel/novella submissions and I reject nearly all of them due to poor narrative and storytelling skills. You’ve certainly got the chops and sound willing to pursue a novel with us aimed at our demographic – so I’d definitely encourage you to do so.”
So I might write for a market, but that’s not what I normally do. Writing to the market as per Dean’s definition:
In short, writing to market means thinking that writing something you have heard is selling well only because you want to make money.
In other words, you write into areas you don’t know, don’t even much like, or even like to write, just for the hope of a few more sales.
Horrid writer death that way. Horrid and slow and painful.
I’m not writing for that market because I want to make money. I have read some stuff in that market and it’s usually written by amateurs, hence I stopped reading in that genre. So I’m going to give that genre a try, since I do like that kind of stories, although I probably won’t stick to the tropes! 😉
I’m not saying anything else at this time, since I have no idea if 1) I’ll actually end up writing those stories and 2) I might use another pen name for that kind of stories. But I’m currently too tired to make such a decision. I have other projects to finish first – namely the Quests books, the Star Minds Third Generation stories and more vampires through the centuries – before I can concentrate on that.
So that’s all for now! Have a great week!