Indie books appear on the market every single day. The only way for self-published authors to keep up is to keep publishing more and more books, right? It's nice in theory, but it's not all that practical for authors who maintain full-time schedules and want to write really high-quality books. It's okay. You can just write other stuff, too.
The Next Best Thing
Can't write four new novels and get them published this year? You're only human, so don't be discouraged if you're not writing and publishing your books as fast as you'd hoped. However, it is important for you to stay in the game and keep your name out there. There's only one thing you can do: write other stuff.
What kind of stuff should you be writing? You're a writer, so there's really no limit to what you can do. But for the purposes of this blog post, we're only going to focus on few tried-and-true methods that will work:
- Blog: Maintain a blog to give your readers regular updates. Blog about your books, what you're reading or anything else that interests you. As long as you're writing, that's what matters. Don't forget to promote your book on your blog!
- Articles: Write articles under your author pen name. This will expose more people to your writing, and may encourage them to find you on social media and other places online. When they do find you, they should find all your books.
- Poetry: Maybe you don't have time to get that novel completed right away, but how about a thin volume of poetry? Write out poems when the mood strikes you, and before you know it you'll have another book you can sell.
- Short Stories: Full-length novels are very time-consuming. Short stories, a little less so. Write short stories when you can and when you're inspired. Who knows? Maybe you'll create enough to self-publish your own collection of short stories. And if nothing else, this is something you can post to your blog.
You may not have the time to churn out books constantly. So write other stuff, too, and remind your fans that you are still out there -- and you're still writing.