by Cheryl Brooks
I'm writing this on Thursday afternoon after dusting, vacuuming, mopping, cooking, and window cleaning, so if I don't come across as terribly brisk, that's why.
I recently received the cover for the second book in my Cowboy Heaven series, Must Love Cowboys, which is slated to release next April and is currently available for preorder. It's the same super-hot photo that was used before the book (originally titled Cowboy Bliss) was rewritten and relaunched as a "sexy contemporary" rather than an erotic romance. Kinda makes you want to ride a cowboy, doesn't it?
The first book in the series, Cowboy Heaven, released this past March. Yeah, I know. That's a long damn time between books, which is due to that "rewritten and relaunched" thing. There's a lot to be said for momentum, and I seem to have lost it lately, something my sales have been reflecting rather vividly. That being said, I'm not the only author in a slump, which makes me wonder what's really going on in the book biz.
Has Kindle Unlimited really destroyed sales? Has the slow downward spiral of the Nook affected everyone?
Or have readers simply filled their e-readers with freebies they don't have enough time to read?
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*picking up where I left off...*
Are people choosing to look for books in the library rather than the bookstore? Is it a reflection of the economy? Or is the market just plain glutted? After all, readers only have so much time to read and so much money to spend.
I'll take a wild guess and say that all of these have had an effect. The funny thing is, even with so little to show for it in recent months, I'm still writing. Some say it's a curse or an affliction. Others refer to it as a calling. But the truth is, writers write. It's what we do. We can't stop even when our own good sense tells us it's a fruitless endeavor.
I'm currently writing a paranormal romantic suspense trilogy. I'm more than halfway through the second book, and I could publish the first one tomorrow if I wanted to. Unfortunately, each book in the series is so closely interwoven with the others, I'm afraid I may have to go back and change a few things in the first and second books by the time I start writing the third. For that reason, I'm waiting until all three are finished.
I haven't decided whether to have my agent shop the series around or self-publish it, but I do know one thing: This series has the potential to either make or break my writing career. If it makes it, great! But even if it ruins everything, I'll probably still write. After all, it's what I do--when I'm not mopping, dusting, and cooking, etc.
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