“Slip Drive” is on its final free days. I only had two days left on KDP Select so I decided to go ahead and use them up. I don’t have plans to renew my enrollment. I have other plans for “Slip Drive” and “Hiroko’s Tale.” I’ll make that announcement about mid April.
What is interesting so far is that “Slip Drive” hasn’t had the crazy upswing like it did originally. I wonder if I’ve hit a threshold and have had as movement on it as it will have. Which I’m not worried about. It’s all a test and I’ve been learning a lot.
Which brings me to something I want to clear up. I’m not expecting either “Slip Drive” or “Hiroko’s Tale” to start making a load of money. I never expected that. I released both of these stories as test runs for self-publishing and how to use KDP Select. Before I get into releasing any novels–which I’m still not convinced self-publishing is the de facto route to take–I wanted to start small.
And that was the right thing to do. Getting the word out there, just for a short story, was practically a second job. If this were a novel, I’d be working non-stop to get it into people’s faces.
This has been a great learning experience. I’m learning on what works, what doesn’t work, and how to leverage different social media outlets. At this point, I’ve even got myself a very outspoken critic. So I guess that means I’m doing something right. Though in their mind I’m doing horrible, terrible things and deserve to have my computer taken away.
I know that I haven’t given much detail as to what my novel is about. I’ve only mentioned that it is a YA Horror novel. It is my attempt to bring back the glory days of R. L. Stine’s Fear Street with a healthy dose of H. P. Lovecraft. The reason I haven’t dolled out the details is because I’m still early in the book and nailing down a lot of the details.
For instance, the main character’s name started out as Kevin Baxter. Moved to Louis Baxter and now has landed on Wilburt Nelson McEnroe. I think you can see why I haven’t brought it up much. I don’t want to confuse anyone more than I have to.
On that fact, I haven’t even nailed down an official title for the series or first book.
But I will say that it is coming along well. Chapter 7 is currently in the works. It has given me some trouble so I’ve had to start breaking down my timeline. Just so I can see how the stuff not happening on the page is working. Questions like, “What is the bad-guy doing right now?”, need to be answered. I have a lot of balls I’m juggling and getting them in the correct balance is troublesome at times.
Thanks for reading and keeping up with my goings on. Have a good weekend, and I’ll see you all on Monday. Right? Write.