It’s done. The second draft of The Birch Island Chronicles has been completed. Now I can start to gather some much-needed input from some of my close friends and family. That input will go into the next draft (hopefully the final one) and influence the next book in the series.
This doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about Red Devil and my fantasy series; I have a better marketing strategy for my horror series, so I’d like to start there. To that end, I will write the following two books in the same series as The Birch Island Chronicles.
I’m going to start actively working on said marketing in the new year, but there is no rush because it doesn’t need to be finished until I have two more books done. So the long and the story of it is I need to write a few new short stories and build supplementary materials. It’s a fun project, but you’ll have to stay tuned to see what I mean.
I also have some other lingering ideas for ways to keep myself sharp. Last year I wrote some micro-fiction in the margins between short stories and novel work, but I’m now looking into serial fiction as a way to keep my mind working on off days. But this is where I could use some advice, is anyone reading this blog actively using any serial publishing platforms? I only know about Wattpad and Kindle Vella, and only one of those is available outside of the US, so that limits my options.
I have perused Wattpad, and I fear my works won’t fit in. I don’t mean this as an insult, but I don’t write BTS fanfiction, and that seems to be the most popular stuff on the platform. Do any of you write on there? Is there a place for serious horror on the platform?
I could also publish serial works here on my main site. However, I wonder what the answer to my previous questions would be on here as well. Is there a place for serial fiction? Can it find readers on WordPress?
These are some of the ideas I’m grappling with. I’m a year or so from trying to launch a real author career, and I still have a lot to learn before then. I know how to write, but marketing, dealing with indie and traditional publishing, and how to find readers? I’m still pretty clueless.
Any advice is, as always, much appreciated.