I’ve made a couple of decisions as we venture full-speed toward the end of 2019
First, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo in the month of November.
In case you aren’t aware, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. In the month of November, novelists and aspiring novelists gather together on the internet or sometimes in real life and decide they’re going to write a novel, or part of a novel. Basically, the goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel November 1 through November 30.
Some people do this in the early morning hours before they go off to work for the day. Some people write during their lunch hours. Some give up their Netflix habit and write at night when the kids are in bed.
I will be attempting to get my words into the computer first thing in the morning during the month of November. And I’ll be writing Paynes Creek #3, which will feature Faith and Luke, characters you know and love from Death is in the Details.
While I’m writing book 3 in the Paynes Creek world, I’m preparing to launch book 2 into the same world. (Cover reveal and blurb coming soon — sign up for the newsletter!)
If you are a writer participating in NaNoWriMo, add me as a buddy over on the NaNoWriMo site. I’m there as heathersunseri. I know, very original.
While this isn’t THAT different from my usual routine, this is my way of connecting with other writers who are just starting out. And it’s my way of searching for joy in writing novels from a perspective I haven’t had in a while.
Oh, and the timing was right. I’m finishing Paynes Creek #2 now, and I really need to write and finish the book mentioned above before the middle of December.
Second, I’m taking my books out of Kindle Unlimited and putting them back on all retailers
I’ve tried a lot of things to market as an indie in this noisy publishing world. Some things work better than others, and everyone kept telling me, “But you haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited. You should try it.”
I tried it. I didn’t like it. It didn’t work for me or for most of the readers I heard from. And readers are the most important people in my creative business. I ❤️ y’all!
If you’d like to know why I didn’t like Kindle Unlimited, leave a comment below, and I’ll consider organizing my thoughts in a blog post. Warning: I’m very opinionated about it.
But the short version is this: While KU works for some, it’s not for everyone.
And I believe books should be available to everyone who wants to read my books. I truly love my Apple readers. And my Kobo readers. And my Nook readers. And my Google readers. Amazon requires me to be exclusive to them if I want to put my books in KU, and exclusivity is simply not good for any marketplace.
And it simply didn’t work for me. Some would argue I didn’t give it enough time. some would tell me I need to advertise more. Whatever… I’ve been doing this book writing thing and marketing as an indie long enough to know that being exclusive to one retailer didn’t work for me.
So as my KU period runs out in November my books will be back on ALL platforms. I will continue to love my Amazon readers, of course, but I want ALL readers to have access to ALL of my books. (If you’re in KU, go download all of my adult suspense books now before they come out.)
Bonus Announcement: Writing Update
I’m returning to a heavy writing schedule for the rest of 2019. This includes a busy novel writing schedule (publishing two Paynes Creek books in early 2020), as well as a blog writing schedule. (I’ve started a new blog that I will be telling you guys about very soon.)
Paynes Creek #2 is near completion. I’m writing the knockout ending now, and I’ve already edited most of the book. If you’ve been around me for a while, you know I struggle to write endings until the rest of the book feels right. How this book is going to end is a surprise to everyone at this point.
Like I mentioned above, I’m writing Paynes Creek #3 in November/December.
I will continue to update y’all on everything I’m writing these days: on this blog (sign up to receive alerts below), on a new exciting blog (info coming soon), in my newsletter (SIGN UP and I’ll send you a free book), on Facebook, and on Instagram.