Publishing online…

Hi!  Eren here.

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about the business model I’d like to develop with this site and my writing.  I would like to eventually support myself with my fiction – but I’m not so over-eager as to believe that I’ll make any kind of breakout success.  Instead, I’m thinking about this as a long term thing – maybe in five years or so I’ll have enough books in the market that all together they’re making a good return.

That’s sort of the model I’m aiming at, then.  I want to put out a good number of books – and I have dozens upon dozens of stories, most of which work as series, that I’ve been building up since high school.  They just need to be written down.

I’ve also been looking at my personal failings, and how I can provide a better experience for my readers, and hopefully gather more.  I’m not very good at advertising myself, so word of mouth is what I’m going to be relying on most – although I have been putting together a list of web-serial review sites and I’m planning on taking this weekend to add Midnight Moonlight to them.

The other big failing I have, in terms of making this a business, is that I’m not very good at routinely posting.  I don’t like having to work in more than one “place” at a time – so I don’t like typing in one program, then cut’n’pasting into separate posts manually.  I worked around that for Midnight Moonlight by writing a script that would automatically cut up the completed document and schedule all of its chapters as posts.

That’s how I want to go forward, I think.  It makes good sense because it works with how I work, and it guarantees that once a book starts posting I won’t miss any update days.  Awesome, right?  But it also means that once a book starts publishing it’s because I have a complete document available.

So what I’m going to do is finish a book, set it up as an eBook on Smashwords, and schedule it as free updates here.  I want to have at least one book being posted for free at any given time – if I finish more, they’ll go into the queue for free updates and up as eBooks.

So anyone who doesn’t want to wait for more stories – or who wants to support me – can buy the eBooks, and anyone who can’t afford the eBooks or doesn’t want to buy them, or is just really patient, can read them on the site.

Once the books are completely posted online, I’ll also see about turning them into a print on demand book.  I figure that way they’ll have the benefit of all of my editing and any edits you readers point out in the comments before being printed.

I’d like to also offer audio books, but I know I can’t afford a voice actress and I really don’t think I can do Abby’s internal monologue justice, so that’s on the ‘someday’ list for now.  Maybe I’ll do an audio book for another story, though, with a third-person narrator instead of an internal monologue.

Anyway, I suppose this is getting kind of rambly.  Mostly I wanted to put down some rules for myself so I could stop going back and forth on what I should be doing and how.  So, here’s my plan:

  1. Write.
  2. Finish what I write.
  3. Publish what I finish as an eBook.
  4. Once something is finished, add it to the blog’s update queue – all of my books will be free online, eventually.
  5. ????
  6. Profit!

Okay, so those last two might be a little facetious.  But I’m hoping to get the best of both worlds: To make my stories available for the entertainment of as many people as possible, and to make a living doing something I love, too.

I’ll keep posting regular progress reports here, so you can see when a book is about finished – and I’ll add a page to show what’s scheduled for when, too.

Alright, and that’s enough rambling for now.  I have a plan and I’ve put it down in digital writing, and I’m going to go ahead and get back to the real writing on paper.

Take care, everyone.

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