I treat this blog, the same way I would treat a dairy. So a lot of the words on this blog, website, page, are a lot closer to me than they should be. Half of the writing population will bare their soul out in their work. But even less than that, will bare their soul on outlets like this.
I understand why.
10Your time writing blogs, could be better spent writing novels.
That is true.
But like I said this blog for me, is more of a personal diary than anything else. So I write on here when I need to get things off my chest, thoughts down on paper, that sort of thing.
So today I am going to talk about what I learned from finishing my first series.
The Fallen Angels Series contains 2 novellas and 2 novels.
From the get go, I can say without a doubt that I should have just done a trilogy and been done with it. I think doing that hurt sales and more importantly pissed off readers.
For that I am truly sorry. Lesson learnt.
The second thing that I should have done is learn about the craft of writing more. I am a doer. I jump into something with both feet and only learn how to swim, when am rapidly sinking to the bottom.
I should have taken a few months out just to read books on the wonderful world of craft.
But I didn’t.
Not much I can do about it now.
And last but not least I should have plotted out my story more. At least have some sort of idea, about what my story was about.
Instead I just said to myself, I want to write a story about Angels, and I just did it.
The characters, the plot, the story line, just came as I wrote.
It was the most pantser’s, pantser’s book that has ever been written.
But a story did come out of it.
Apart from all the negatives above I did some things right.
I stuck to my guns and wrote Two hundred and Ten thousand words.
I found out that if I wrote everyday a book would come.
I didn’t do anything by half measures. I got the best of everything that concerning my books.
From the best editor that suited my style.
From the best cover designer, that bought my dreams alive.
To the best proofreaders, that caught stupid typo’s that I just plain couldn’t see.
I invested everything into those books and for that I can hold my head up high.
It still doesn’t feel real to call myself a author.
But people have officially paid me for my books. So I guess I can.
Do I wish that my first series sold better.
Will that stop me from writing another.
Till next time folks
2 thoughts on “What did I learn from completing a book series.”
Congratulations on your first series and good luck for all the many to come!
Thank you. I am just enjoying the ride.
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