Why Slow is Good for E-Publishing

As the length of time between releases deepens I always begin to get twitchy. As I face the fact that K’Barthan 3 will not be out for Christmas, indeed, is unlikely to be out by Christmas NEXT year, I am close to a major freak.

Reading this and the reblogged post it contained made me feel better. Hats off to Mr Vernon for sharing some heartening stats and some sage advice. I may put the brakes on and start writing other stuff alongside my big stuff. Because I’m not really a one trick pony, which is one of the things that is making it so hard.

Why Slow is Good for E-Publishing.

And on the back of that, this one, too…. Bottom-Dwelling E-book Authors RISE UP!!!.  Oh how I aspire to sales like Frank’s.

So at last I’ve got the message. And the message is: chill. Quite easy that, today, here. It’s brass monkey’s.*

Sorry everyone, but One Man: No Plan is not going to happen in a hurry. But that’s because I want it to be good. And I’m sure both of you (and the dog) would rather wait and read something that’s the best thing I can write, rather than the quickest.

Yeh, I’ve just binned an entire plotline: 50,000 words, which is what I mean about it taking a while. Phnark.

Onwards and upwards.


* Yeh, I know, it looks odd but that apostrophe is right because the full phrase is cold enough to freeze a brass monkey’s balls off.


Filed under About My Writing, Author Updates, e-publishing, General Wittering, Good Advice

20 responses to “Why Slow is Good for E-Publishing

  1. Will Macmillan Jones

    A change is as good as a rest, they say. And writing something different both makes you feel better about yourself as a writer, and also encourages other strands of readers who might not otherwise have sampled your work, to have a go. Win-win in my book.

    • Well… actually… it’s more sci-fi but it’s all right there, in my head and I sort of feel that if I do dump it on paper I’ll make room in my head for more. Unfortunately everything I write is like Few Are Chosen. Nothing else comes out, whatever I try and do.



  2. I must admit that his ‘bottom dwelling’ is damn near aspirational

  3. I’m definitely going to read Few is Chosen over Xmas – no time till then 🙂
    Wow, 50,000 words gone in one fell swoop – I feel your pain!

    Cold here too – I’d say it’s warmer outside than in the house. Might be lighting the fire later

  4. Sorry, Few are Chosen! I need sleep!

    • I didn’t notice the slip. I hope you enjoy it when the time comes. Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing! BTW, your house sounds like ours, except that our chimneys are all sealed so I will be adding jumpers until bed time and then powering up the electric blanket.

  5. Loved the article, it made encouraging reading, although I can’t imagine writing 8 books a year!

    • I’m absolutely with you there. I couldn’t imagine writing 8 books a year either but along with the stats, the article Steve quotes talks about a 12,000 word book. Mine weigh in at 100,000 plus! One of my ideas for the future is to write one in instalments the way you are doing and make it short stories but have the five of them adding up to a whole story.

      Thanks for popping by.



      • I often wonder about tidying my free ones up and trying to sell them, but they’re not complete stories. I find it hard to come in less than at least 50k and usually nearer 120k!!

      • You and me both! I got mine edited and the editor enjoyed them but said that one, which was the first in what I hoped to make a series, should be developed more. So nice endorsement there BUT he didn’t think it worked well as as a short. Curses!

        That said, because they’re not ‘proper’ shorts my short stories don’t take long to write, even if they get some dire reviews for not having a twist in the tail. So it’s probably a case of must try harder on the potboiler front.



      • 🙂 I have to write what I like to read or I get bored, and I don’t really read short stories much. I like rambling dialogue and great character development. A ten-book fantasy series (to read, I could never write one!) is more my thing.

      • Lorks! The idea of writing a ten book series makes me wilt and all! A mere trilogy is doing my head in.

      • I agree! I struggle for consistency of character from beginning to end of a novel, never mind ten. Love reading them though (provided they’re all published when I start: I don’t do waiting!)

      • I do OK with characters, it’s plot and continuity that get me. I have a list but I don’t believe my list so I have to go back and check. It’s very annoying as well as time consuming.



  6. texasdruids

    MT, I read the article you suggested. It’s well informed and makes me think I may not need to rush quite so much to get another book out. Quality is important, not just quantity.

    • It is, isn’t it? That’s the wonderful thing. I felt very heartened by both articles because if quantity and quality are key then it’s only a matter of time before Frank’s figures are doable and, possibly, even the ones quoted.



  7. texasdruids

    MT, I forgot to mention I need to “talk” to you privately. Please contact me at lynhorner@outlook.com Thanks!


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