January 27, 2015

The Year of Writing Dangerously

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Happy 2015 everybody!

This year’s a big year for me in terms of publishing and writing and all that jazz. I don’t say that to brag, but rather because the experiences are Max and Luie
going to be a great opportunity to learn about what’s going on with writing and publishing today. I will definitely take the time to share that learning with all of you, because if you don’t share what you learn what’s the point?

By coincidence stemming from a little bit of design, I’m going to have a total of six projects coming out this year. All of them are releasing via different methods.

Self-Publishing

My vulgar and (I think) hilarious Farkas Foxtrot series goes live next month, self-published via Amazon, Kobo and all the other big boys. They’re novellas, and I plan to release them every other week (like a TV series), then offer a discounted omnibus when the “season” of 12 wraps up. The guys over at the Self Publishing Podcast have been having a lot of success with his model.

Blog to Book

I’m helping a couple of businesses with this model, ghostwriting nonfiction in their area of expertise as blog content. At the end of a year we’ll bind up the posts, edit and add bonus material, then hand over a printed book that demonstrates their expertise in the field.

Kickstarter/Crowdfunding

I’m editing the Baby Shoes flash fiction anthology, which starts its crowdfunding stage next week. If successful, we’ll have 100 authors and a total of 5,000 or 10,000 fans involved in the project. If really successful, I might try the model again this fall.

Traditional Publishing

Don’t tell everybody just yet, but I’m talking with a publisher about one of my YA projects, and an agent about a nonfiction book. This should work just like it always has, and I’m interested to see how it stacks up against the self-driven prospects.

Serial Free Release

My young adult novel Rio Sangre, a tale about high school, zombies and quantum physics, is going live serially on its own blog. I’ll release a chapter or two a week (maybe in an exciting collaborative partnership), and at the end of the year I’ll sell bound copies. I may or may not make the climax available only in the purchased book.

E-Only Publishing

I’ve enjoyed a partnership with TCK Publishing for e-books where they format and market, and we split the income 50/50. The contract leaves me free to do whatever I want with print editions. I have two books planned for 2015 through them, both nonfiction.

So really I’m running the gamut here. If you have experience with one or more of these, I’d love to chat with you via the comments below. Let us know what you think!

 

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