As an author in today’s changing publishing industry, its time to up your game and diversify as the way of the future. In the past an author would go about getting a Literary Agent, then hope their agent can sell their one book to an editor at a large or small publishing house and then their book is birthed to the world. After that, they hoped to garner a contract for additional works through the same agent and publisher.
HOW TO DIVERSIFY
what you plan to write. What genres you are writing? Can you create
some short story fiction to keep your readers engaged? Then write to
build your platform.
Plan for more than one release....mix these up
If you are working on a series, don’t finish the series until you sell
book one in that series. Instead for your second book, start a new
series or create some short stories that can be sold independently.
Creation of a stand alone without having additional works in queu can
mean that after your book’s initial launch and post promotion period,
your readers zest for your work has grown cold. Consider having other
works that can be coupled with your stand alone like bonus materials,
follow-on stories, or other items that give you a reason to entice
readers and keep your work alive.
This is a great new emerging market now that ebooks are well accepted
and purchased nowadays. Planning this within your scheduled yearly
releases can also boost readers awareness of you as an author with
little time invested in writing a nice short serial sideline story to
your novel releases.
This is a great way to keep your releases going without writing longer
novels. Also, this can be a way to gently break into a new genre you’ve
been wanting to explore.
Examples of ways to keep the wheel turning:
1 novel for the year and two short story fiction works you can get
placement in anthologies, publishing as stand alone, or submit to
Create 2 novels for the year, one a series, the other a stand alone short novel.
Remember, the more product you are producing, the more opportunities you have to sell.
Pursue more than just the traditional route...
authors can publishing through an agent, publisher and in addition,
publish some works themselves. Evaluate your book and your abilities to
see if you can do both, publishing traditionally and non-traditionally.
You can fund your publishing using sites like Kickstarter, or publish in
Mix Things Up To Stay In Your Readers Good Graces
the emerging publishing market of today, authors that want to stay
above water and keep their visibility to their readers consistent will
benefit by offering a variety of works besides just a novel a year.
Mixing things up with a short story release, a serialized release and an
appearance in a new genre grows your audience and gives you a valid
reason to say to your readers, ‘Hey! Remember Me!’