The Slow Grind

I’m still chugging along on the latest book. My motivation waxes and wanes, but I still make sure to get down my daily word counts. I really hope 2017 sees a breakthrough, even if it’s a small one. For now I’m going to stick with the plan. I don’t want to change things up too much, since I just went wide with Dragon Blue permafree. I’ll be able to take my entire series wide with the launch of the fourth book in the middle of January. I’m already seeing a good number of downloads of Dragon Blue on other platforms, so I’m feeling pretty good about the prospects of the series wide.

I should be able to get the bulk of Dragon Black, Dragon White written over the next two weeks. Even if I somehow managed to finish it before Christmas, I think that’s probably a bad time to launch. So I’ll plan on releasing in January. I read yet another success story today of someone on a forum saying they spiked into the top rankings with their first romance novel, getting tens of thousands of page reads and a very good chunk of money in the process. I don’t know whether to take such stories with a grain of salt or not. They typically don’t share any insights that are helpful, such as particular genres/approaches. So I guess it’s best to take them as inspirational rather than actionable in any way.

The number of reviews for Dragon Green finally passed Dragon Red on Amazon, though they’re still pretty close. I think maybe I approached new advance readers too early for Dragon Green and they lost interest before release. I don’t know. It’s still a little disappointing to me that I didn’t surpass 50 reviews in the first week, given that my ARC team quadrupled since Dragon Red. I probably need to cull the ARC list, and this time I’ll start recruiting a week or so before release, probably right after Christmas.

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