Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rapid-Release



Hey guys! How are you doing? Well, I hope.

This month, as you well know, we’re talking about anything and everything. It’s catch-all month, and I’m actually finding this to be a lot of fun. It’s a great way for me to get to talk to you guys about topics I don’t usually get to mention, and tell you a little bit more about me and my writing as a whole.

Today, I’m answering a question that’s been put to me many times in the last few years.

"Why don’t you rapid release?"


I’m sure you’ve heard of this, especially if you’re a follower of any indie authors on Kindle. Everybody recommends rapid release, because “it’s the only way to get people to see or read your books on Kindle.” Well, fie, I say. Fie! I disagree completely. Rarely ever is there only one way to do something.

But really, primarily, the reason I don’t rapid release is that I respect my readers more than that. I know my books are long, and that this is why I have to price them a little higher. It’s a waste if they were to be priced any lower, but I also can’t expect you all to drop your money on books when you have life to live as well.

Also, because my books are so long, I want to make sure you actually have the time to read them. I understand that life happens, that sometimes a longer book takes more than a week to read, and I respect you too much to demand that you read all six of my 200,000 word novels in the Druid series in six weeks flat.

Seriously, I just couldn’t do that.

But then again, it’s more than just that. 


200,000 words is a lot of words. That’s a lot to write, and it’s a lot to edit. It takes me the better part of a year to edit a single novel for release in the following year. That’s a long time. I can’t push myself any faster than that and expect the books to be on par with what I’ve already released in the series. I can’t. It’s simply not possible if I want to retain the caliber of release I’ve attained.

Never fear, however! For those of you who do read quickly, and for those of you who do want to see more of my books hitting the shelves in a year, there will come a time when I intend to make that happen.


It still won’t be rapid-release, but it’ll be better than one a year. And it’ll start with my next series, currently titled Earth-Space.

Unfortunately, that series won’t be coming out for a few years yet. But, fortunately, that means I have more time to start editing and getting them ready for release.

See, Earth-Space is unlike the Druid Novels. It’s not a series of standalone novels that link together to make one masterpiece. It’s a traditional series that flows one into the other—which also means I’ll need to edit the whole chunk at once, before I can release any of it. And that’s my intention.

This year, I’ll start editing the first book in the Earth-Space series (no, it doesn’t have a name yet), alongside Anialych. The series is only four books so far, so I could potentially release the whole thing in two years if I released two in a year (likely one in spring and one in late fall). Then I’d have more books on the shelves, and you guys would have even more reading to do—but I’d also be able to reach extra people, and the people who do like to read several 200,000 word novels in a year.

So there’s your answer. You won’t see rapid-releasing out of me at all, but hopefully you will see more than one book in a year when the time comes.

But that time is not now. Be patient. ;-)

[love]

{Rani Divine}

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Write the whole thing first



I’m back! And on time! Be proud of me. Seriously. I have so much going on today it’s not even funny (I say that, and yet I try to always laugh through my longer and harder days…).

Today, I actually have something writing-related that I want to talk to you about. It’s something that I learned while releasing the Druid Novels, something I’ve now seen done by a lot of other authors, and something I really wanted to pass along. A piece of advice, if nothing else.

Write Your Series Before You Release It


Again, remember, it’s advice. You don’t have to listen to me. I suggest that you do, but you don’t have to.

See, it’s really annoying for readers, when authors take forever and a day to release the next book in the series. I’m actually one of those who will completely give up on the series if it takes the author more than two years to get the next book out. I will. I have no problem with that. I have a lot of other books in my to-read stack, and I don't have time for that. But, I also don’t want that to happen to any of you.

The best way to avoid it?


Write the whole series before you start releasing it. That way, you already have the books done before you start getting them out to the public, and there won’t be any fear of taking too long to get the next book on the market.

I’m not saying that you have to have all your books edited before you start releasing (though honestly, I think that’s sometimes a really good idea as well), I’m just saying that you should have them finished or at the very least mapped out before you start releasing.

I’ll be honest with you again here, guys. I didn’t have the whole Druid Novel series figured out when I started releasing. I actually just finished writing it last year. And I struggled through it, because the writing between all six books had to be at least semi uniform, and it had to read like they were the same story, even though each book is a standalone novel (except the last one). I wish that I’d written the whole thing before I started releasing it. I really do. Actually, right now, I wish I’d written the whole thing and edited it before I started releasing it. You have no idea how much easier that would’ve made my life. But I didn’t… and so now I’m passing on what I’ve learned, to you.

Write the whole series, or at the very least have a good idea of where you want the whole thing to go, before you publish the first book.


It’ll make things easier on your readers, because they won’t have to wonder when the next book will hit shelves, and it’ll make it easier on you—because you won’t have to stress over how the rest of the series is going to go, and whether everything’s going to come together the way you want it to.

It’ll already be done, the weight will be off your shoulders, and you can focus on getting the books out and giving them all the attention they need once they hit the shelves.

Trust me. Seriously.

[love]

{Rani D.}

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Newsy



Hi guys!

Sorry about the mixup again last week. I’m determined to get things back in order this year, so it won’t happen again. I hope. Actually, it’ll probably happen again at some point, but thank you all for sticking with me through it. My schedule for posting is 1:00 (my time, MST) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but sometimes Thursdays get a little crazy for me. Oops.

Anyway, as you know, this month is the catch-all month, full of topics not long enough to make a full series out of. So, no real rhyme or reason to it. And the perfect opportunity to talk about…

The RAD Writing Newsletter


I try to give you guys the best and most current information I can about upcoming releases and what’s going on over at RAD, but really, the best thing you can do is get on their mailing list. Most of the time, those emails you get will be compiled by me, so it’ll just be like hearing from me a little more often. We send stuff out once a week, to let you know what we have going on at the store, what books we have coming up, and what’s going on with our authors. Not a lot, so you don’t have to worry about being spammed by yet another company.

I highly suggest signing up for the newsletter, primarily because they’ll be able to give you more current information on my books than I can. I know, it’s weird, but I can’t even tell you my release dates until they make it public information—which is usually done through the newsletter.

I also cannot for anything keep track of what I’ve said there and what I’ve said here all the time, so if you want to keep in the know about absolutely everything to do with Rani Divine’s writing, please go sign up over there.

You’ll get emails about deals, new releases (did you know we have another chapbook coming out this month?), and stuff we have going on. If we have events going on, they’ll be announced there, we’ll give you tidbits about the publishing world, and we’ll let you know what’s going on with Mavguard Magazine too!

So, lots to see and learn if you sign up. Click here and you’ll head over to the signup page.

Seriously, I’d be super thankful if you signed up, and I think you’ll like what you get from us when you do.

Oh yeah, and we give you a discount on your next order when you sign up. So there’s that. *wink*

[love]

{Rani Divine}