1×02: Commencement is now available on Amazon at the following links:
If you click on the links, you’ll notice that the cover is almost identical to the first, bar the episode number and title. This is because these two episodes, along with the next, will be collected into an arc-long book, which will also use this cover. Once the collection is released, I intend to make some minor changes to the episode covers to make it easier to distinguish which is which.
As for Episode 1×03 (tentatively titled Authority), I’m planning a 5th of January release date to allow for how busy December can be. The Goodreads page can be found here, so please at it to your to-read shelf.
During my recent foray into indie publishing, someone was kind enough to point out to me that I wasn’t really writing political/military thrillers like I thought, but rather a very political twist on the dystopian genre. My initial reaction, as you can imagine, was pretty unprintable, mostly because they were right. Here is my valuable insight on how to handle such a situation with as much grace as possible.
1. Don’t call attention to it
I know that I’m actually going against my own advice in this very first point, but what you shouldn’t be doing here is apologising. Yes, you made a mistake but the readers don’t need you to tell them that. If they noticed, then there’s nothing more to be said and, if they didn’t, you’ve got a crossover audience.
2. Quietly change the genre where you can
The big one would be Amazon and wherever else your book is available. Don’t worry about corrections to review sites and so on, it’s more trouble than its worth and it will just draw attention to the mistake. Even if you only change it in half the places, over time your book will appear in more places correctly labelled so it will sort itself out organically.
3. If it’s part of a series, think about playing up those aspects
This is particularly important for me because I’m writing such a big series of novellas, but you need to think long and hard about what you’re going to do when it comes to writing connected books. If you think you’re comfortable writing for your actual genre, by all means go for it. If you don’t like it, then dial those aspects back in the next one.
4. Treat it as a learning experience
Let’s face it, there are far worse mistakes that you could have made. Just roll with the punches and treat it as a learning experience, both in terms of your writing and the business of being a writer. Who knows? You might even find that you enjoy your new genre more than the one you started out with.
Episode 1×01 on Goodreads
For those of you who are behind on their Goodreads reading challenge, Episode 1×01 is short and only $0.99. As always, the region specific links are below:
About 1×02: Commencement
Also up on Goodreads is the entry for the next episode in the series, which will be titled 1×02: Commencement. As can be seen on the page, the release date is set for the 1st of December 2013.
Plans for the series
My current intention is to release one 30,000 word novella in this series a month, usually in the first week of each calendar month. I have planned twelve episodes in the first season, and the existence of any future seasons will depend upon the response for this first one.
Let me repeat: I am guaranteeing that there will be at least twelve episodes in the series, equivalent to four average length novels. In a year.
- each episode will be $0.99 during the first month it is available, to reward loyal readers who come back month after month
- the price will be raised to $1.99 following the release of the following episode
Episodes will be collected into lots of three once there are sufficient episodes released and then bundled into one 90,000 word book that will be priced at $2.99. There will also be a whole season collection, with the price to be determined closer to the release date.
To finish up with, I would like to apologise if I’ve overloaded you with information, I simply wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page as to how this will work.
Finally, a huge thank you to all the people who bought the book, both at the asking price and during the free days. I’m so glad for your open minds. And a special thank you to the two people who reviewed it on Amazon, both giving it four stars.