So you don’t just “go wide”. It takes some time. I had to wait for Dragon Red to stop being available in Kindle Unlimited. Once it dropped out (on Sunday), I published it and Dragon Green to Barnes & Noble and Kobo. It took a couple of days for them to be approved, but now they’re both available via those stores. The links for my books on this page have been updated.
I futzed around with iTunes trying to publish through them, and whew, it was not fun. It’s basically worth the 10% cut of an service like Smashwords not to have to deal directly with Apple. So I’ve published books 2 and 3 through Smashwords. They’re still waiting on approval. Then they’ll be pushed out to iTunes and a number of smaller stores. Hopefully that should only take another day or two. It would be nice for them to become available by the time I publish Dragon Black, Dragon White. That’s slated for release this Thursday, January 19th.
I plan to do the same thing with DBDW, publishing direct through B&N and Kobo and using Smashwords for everything else. Once it releases on all the major platforms, then I plan on planning another marketing blitz on the first book. Fingers crossed. If the entire series falls flat on all the non-Amazon stores, I’m going to be a little depressed, but I’ll deal with it.
In the meantime, I’m getting good feedback on DBDW. My ARC readers are great, pointing out little typos here and there and already leaving reviews on Goodreads. It’s already up to 15 reviews as of this morning, which is pretty nice.
I’m going to start a new book today, though I’m still not 100% on what. I may start a couple of new projects this week and just let the muse decide. I keep reading posts in another forum about how people killing it with contemporary romance. And that’s a little strange to me. I had asked for feedback about my progress a while back, and some authors suggested that paranormal romance was too hard to crack into. The whole point of writing to market seemed to be to find a niche that has a high demand but not quite enough supply. One way to do that is to look at the spread of rankings in the top 100 in a subcategory. Currently, the 100th-ranked book in Contemporary Romance is ranked #420 overall in the Kindle store. But the 100th-ranked book in PNR is #1631 overall. So they’re both wildly popular subcategories, but if anything, PNR should be easier to break into. So the advice to write contemporary seems at odds with the concept of writing to market.
Anyway, I’ll figure out what to write this week and keep you all updated.