More About Sales, The Next Installment & Elysium Dreams

Yesterday afternoon, I read several articles on self-publishing.  They all seemed to have an interesting tidbit of information.  In the world of series and self-publishing, authors who offer the first book in the series free are more likely to do better on the rest of the series.  Also, for every 71 free downloads of book 1, the author can expect 1 purchase of the second book.  I was actually surprised by that.  My Strachan series actually does much better than 1 for every 71.  It’s more like 1 for every 30.  I don’t know if this information is really helpful to me, but it is nice to know that I’m better than average.  There’s just a sense of accomplishment in that thought.

I have a little bit of work to do today on The Dysfunctional Honeymoon.  Some final editing points.  It still needs a cover, but other than that, it is ready to go.  Since this has turned into a series, I have officially named the series: The Dysfunctional Chronicles.  I think it is appropriate.

Now for the problematic Elysium Dreams… I’m on the downhill side of it.  It is more than 50% done and I always find the last half to be much easier to write than the first half.  But there’s a hitch.  It is going to require a conversation with my content editor, but she is out of town until next week.  While I understand I can make things very creepy, I’m wondering about grotesqueness.  How much of that am I allowed in a book?  And is it per book or per series?  The Strachan series gets a little grotesque from time to time… Walking around without skin and things, but immortal beings can do that.  But the macabre factor in the Dreams & Reality Series is different.  There are things I know I can get away with and things that I know will turn my readers off.  Yet, there’s a bit of a grey area there once in a while.  And right now I have an idea that could fall into either category.  Definitely need to talk to my own twisted Jimney Cricket about it.

Also, while we are talking about the Strachan series, I keep getting asked for a family tree or character guide.  I’ve started one on Kindle, but I haven’t set down and put one on paper (other than my notes).  I’m wondering the best way to go about this task.  People seem to love the ensemble cast, but they also find it confusing and I understand that.  I have to have a guide when I’m writing too (or I forget who belongs where and with whom).

Ah well, my tasks for the day.  Finish The Dysfunctional Honeymoon and start a Strachan Series Companion.  Fun, fun, fun!


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