- Need suggestions on finishing two projects;
- Some readers want me to stop publishing each episode piece by piece and just publish the whole first season at one time;
- What are your thoughts? Comment here or send me an email.
I opened up my email this morning and one of my biggest fans gave me a suggestion I need to take to heart. And, she’s not the first person to mention this.
She reads nearly everything I publish and I take her suggestions seriously and with a great amount of respect. She’s never steered me in the wrong direction.
I have two series out right now:
Futa Island: where a mad scientist biologically created shemales on a remote tropical island and periodically men wash up on shore. All sorts of nasty things happen to them as the women need male sperm to populate.
Galactic Futa: a sci-fi erotic adventure of Futa warriors saving the galaxy, one adventure at a time, after a devastating Civil War. These nasty chicks-with-dicks are badass, but need cum to survive.
So far, I have been putting out one book at a time. But, my friend and fan, Peggy, wants me to put out the whole first season of both series out to market at one time.
I’m weighing the odds and the consequences. Readers typically don’t like authors who abandon a series in the middle of the project. In a lot of ways it is like television. If you think back, there have been many television shows picked back up into syndication after they were canceled right in the middle of the regular season.
.Fans wrote petitions to their local stations and to the networks asking the executives to reconsider canceling the shows. (Family Guy and Futarama are two shows that come to mind) And, even though I’m not canceling my erotica series … it would take a while to write 18 more short stories of each series to finish out the first season. Would the series get cold? Would readers come back to it? That’s the question.
It will certainly take me a while to write the complete season for both of the series. I’m afraid if I don’t continue to publish one by one the books will get cold, lost in the shuffle and most likely abandoned by readers. As it stands now I have a certain amount of followers looking forward to the next installment… most of which are not on Amazon. In fact, if the truth by known, Amazon (although they control 80% of the book publishing market) only accounts for 18% of my monthly gross sales. Why? because I have a huge email list. Maybe not huge to some authors, but it is to me. And, many of my readers are willing to pay for a book (through PayPal) before it hits Amazon bookshelves.
It happened that way with Sandy Cross. This is a vampire romance (with significant erotica mixed in) under a different pen name that will hit the Amazon shelves in April. But, I’ve already made almost $1,800 off the book through PayPal.
So, … (back to my question)
What do you think? It would take me at least a few months to complete the first season for each project Futa Island and Galactic Futa.
Should I continue to write one book at a time or publish the complete first season at one time? Hoping I will still have the fan base when it’s completed. Incidentally, Peggy isn’t the only reader who wants me to stop publish one episode at a time and just finish writing the whole first season. Out of the 300+ readers who buy my books through PayPal, I would say over 20 have expressed interest in getting the whole first season at one time.
So, readers and writers…what are your thoughts?