In the lead up to Christmas, and with the exciting news that I have a BOOKBUB feature again over the holiday period (see what it did for me last year), I’ve joined up with a group of fellow SF and fantasy authors to offer free taster books and stories, along with the chance to win a $25 gift card to the ebook retailer of their choice.
This smorgasbord of FREE SF and Fantasy will introduce you to your pick of 49 authors (obviously, I’m one, so 48 new faces), plus the competition. Why not check it out HERE – what have you got to lose?
Okay, okay, I know – your ereader is as stuffed as mine – but there’s always room for another little one, isn’t there?
And back on the subject of the amazing BookBub opportunity, I’m treating this as my deadline to finish THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE, book #3 in The Five Kingdoms series, following on from The Prince’s Man, and The Prince’s Son.
I currently have 85000 words down, and I estimate around another 15K to go – soon, people, soon.
So right now, I’m off to commission another gorgeous cover, with the idea to get up a pre-order in time to take advantage of all those lovely readers who will discover my work through the BookBub ad. Even with only 2 books of the 4 out so far, the series has a great sell through, with around 80% of purchasers going on to buy #2, usually quite quickly after buying #1.
I’m thrilled, and now a little nervous. Like #2, #3 deals with some rather sensitive topics – if I was writing purely to market, I probably wouldn’t go there, but I write the books I want to write, and so far that seems to have made most of my readers happy.
How about all you authors out there? Do you write to market? Or write the books you want?
The two things aren’t mutually exclusive, but what are your thoughts on following, or trying to anticipate, trends? Do you let this influence what you write?
I’d love to know.