Welcome to June and the monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group! This month's co-hosts include Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner.
I recently read Susan Kaye Quinn's Indie Author Survival Guide, and it got me thinking about how I should plan my long-career as an indie author. One of the goals I decided on was to publish at least two books a year through 2020. This will allow me to build a backlist, complete a series or two, and establish a reliable schedule to keep fans happy. In a few years, I'll reassess how my career is doing and decide if I should change my strategy. I already published one book this year and hope to publish Fifth Season, the next book in the Season Avatars series, by the end of this year. Once my son's birthday party is done, I'll read the rough draft and start revisions. It's going to be challenging to keep this pace up for an extended period of time while continuing to improve my craft and fulfilling all of my other obligations. Of course, have I ever backed down from such a challenge?
There will be trade-offs required to meet this goal. These trade-off may include focusing on certain projects at the expense of others. For example, I came up with an idea for a short story after coming home from WisCon. I'm not a natural short story writer, probably because I read many, many more novels than I do short stories. I may still put this project on the back burner, along with several other short stories in progress, and work on it in between novels. However, I think in order to meet my goals, I'll have to develop longer projects and prioritize them.
Have you ever had to trade off writing projects? If so, what were your reasons? Feel free to share them in the comments.