My reason often interjects with 'don't worry, you've got this'. Because I only ever set myself a target of 1000 words per day to write (plus editing, pus marketing, plus website maintenance, backlist maintenance, design work and book keeping - yes, the household chores suffer, and I work full-time hours as an author and publisher). 1000 words is sometimes 500 words, and sometimes 2500 words, so it averages out at 1K. One thousand is approx. one hour's worth of writing if the flow of ideas is good. If it's not, it can take the bulk of the morning / evening. Also, 1000 words a day is not 365,000 words a year - I've got to put aside about 6 weeks (a loss of 42,000 words) after finishing a book to get it properly edited and formatted for publication - I rarely write during this time, although I try.
But all in all, Rise Of The Wolf is coming on splendidly, although the test will be when I finally read through the completed manuscript from beginning to end, to see what the hell it is I've actually written! We are definitely on course for a 5th November release, and there is currently a 70% chance the book will be released earlier than that - good news all round :)
I've struggled in the past with the notion that I don't write enough, or fast enough. There's this thought among some (mostly within the indie community) that eBooks need to be churned out every three months in order to beat the 'lull' that takes place around that time after release. It's understandable - as an indie, your focus is on making an income for yourself and not just on your writing, and you're the only one responsible for that. You have to put your marketing hat on and think about the best way to do that, but it's even more important to balance that out with good quality fiction that hasn't been belted out for the sake of it and motivated by any amount of 'fear' that you might lose your income and readers if you don't deliver right now. Your true fans will want the quality that brought them to your books in the first place, not a quick fix (although it's beyond wonderful that they're invested enough in your story to want the next one so fast! All authors appreciate that kind of fervour.).
The three-month lull might very well be a real thing (certainly if you don't have a strong backlist), but I don't subscribe to churning out books at the rate of knots, even if I need to pay my bills (which, obviously, I do), and after three years of feeling the pressure to do so, I can say, at last, that I'm at peace with my 1000 words rule. One thousand words is part of my natural flow - it's how I write best, and if one day, I want to write a 300K word book (this might very well happen), I'll happily take a whole year to do it.
Rise Of The Wolf Excerpts
(All excerpts are unedited and subject to change before publication.)
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