How Many Titles?

To be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy rewriting either Avatar/Messenger, or making The Kira Chronicles trilogy into a series. The reality of being an independent author (indie) is that you no longer have a large publishing company behind you (like Allen and Unwin Australia who published The Kira Chronicles trilogy), and the reality of that is you need more books out there to reach your readers and to build a readership. When you no longer have big marketing divisions or book sellers going into bookshops to promote your work, it means you can't afford to let novels sit neglected in your files. They need to be polished and launched to find readers who might love them.

There are some indie authors who produce a phenomenal number of books (I've read of some who write a book every two weeks). I am not one of them. Firstly, I can't physically write that fast, and secondly, I don't want to. For me, a big part of the joy of writing is discovering the story. Colloquially, I am known as a pantser (a writer who writes 'by the seat of their pants') as opposed to a planner.

I don't know the story before I start and sometimes don't even know what's coming in the next sentence (this is draft 1, remember, and my books are at least 4 drafts!). It is an exhilarating and exhausting way to write and not nearly as fast as knowing exactly what the story is. But what drives me on is the belief that the story (whatever it is) is worth telling and that I care enough to put in the hours of work to tell it.

When I went back to Avatar/Messenger and clicked on the file, I wondered if I would care enough about the story to make it as best it could be. I hadn't read it for years, or thought about it, which I considered a bad sign.  So, heart in mouth, I started to read, and loved it. Yes there were things to fix, and things to enrich, and things to make clearer and more powerful, but I cared about it, and that's all I ever need as a writer. 

I am still in the process with re-imagining The Kira Chronicles trilogy as a series which has proved a very different process again. I'll let you know more about it in my next newsletter.