How many books should you publish at once?



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    Mowgli
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    Default How many books should you publish at once?

    Iíve been publishing about a book every three months for the last two years. But itís only in the last six months that Iíve published my stuff electronically on Kindle and Smashwords, and started heavy marketing and promotion on the internet. Now, youíve got to understand, these are books that Iíve written over the course of twenty years. They have been through countless edits and critiques by friends and professionals. All have been through the ringer with good agents and powerful publishers. Iíve taken these peopleís comments and suggestions over years and years of submissions and incorporated them into my books. Therefore, I believe, when Iím putting a book out there that it is the best it can be.
    What concerns me about this new era of authorís taking control of their own destinies, is the author who puts out three, four, and Iíve even seen five books on Kindle all at once. Now, I admire an author who can be so prolific, but I must admit that in my own mind, I perceive those books as not having matured. Now, I could be wrong. Like my own huge stash of completed manuscripts, these books may have taken years to write and perfect, and the author is releasing a cache of wonderful material. But how many authors are? Being able to publish and sell you work so easily may eliminate the time and gestation period a good, raw manuscript needs to mature; like a fine wine or aged cheese. I also wonder how an author can promote so many works at once and be successful at it?
    Though I do have six books on the market right now, Iíve put out each one individually and marketed it for the following months until I feel a new book is needed. Since I have several more completed manuscripts I will continue this approach and urge other authors to do the same. Why flood the market with your stuff all at once? Make your fans anticipate your next book. Iím marketing my romance thriller DROP OUT right now, but my next novel, a middle grade sci/fi fantasy called INSECTLAND is also complete but Iím not putting it out for at least two months. For those who read and enjoy my books, youíll just have to wait to read it.
    Please check out my available books.

    TIM MADISON GALACTIC WARRIOR
    http://www.amazon.com/Madison-Galact...9011258&sr=8-1
    FROSTPROOF
    http://www.amazon.com/FROSTPROOF-N-D...9261592&sr=1-1
    DEGENERATES
    http://www.amazon.com/Degenerates-N-...9436405&sr=8-3
    PULP
    http://www.amazon.com/PULP-novella-N...9512091&sr=8-5
    AFTER
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050Q8D8U
    DROP OUT
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U

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    Puck K.A. Jordan's Avatar
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    Default Re: How many books should you publish at once?

    Neil - I understand what you mean.

    There is also another side of the story.

    There are a large number of authors who once made up the 'Mid-list' who have gotten the rights to their books back. These writers are getting their backlist up as quickly as possible because there is a pent-up demand for their books.

    These are names like Katherine Grayson and Bob Mayer - Authors with many credits to their names and stacks of books just gathering dust.

    I suggest you take a look at Dean Wesley Smiths blog. He has a wonderful post entitled "The Book as an Event" that makes a very good arguement for publishing everything you have as fast as you can get it posted.

    Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing - The Book As An Event

    Unfortunately, I don't have a backlist, but I can see his point.
    K. A. Jordan - Author of Swallow the Moon, Impressive Bravado, and one opinionated blog Jordan's Croft.

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    Oliver
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    Default Re: How many books should you publish at once?

    Quote Originally Posted by K.A. Jordan
    Neil - I understand what you mean.

    There is also another side of the story.

    There are a large number of authors who once made up the 'Mid-list' who have gotten the rights to their books back. These writers are getting their backlist up as quickly as possible because there is a pent-up demand for their books.

    These are names like Katherine Grayson and Bob Mayer - Authors with many credits to their names and stacks of books just gathering dust.

    I suggest you take a look at Dean Wesley Smiths blog. He has a wonderful post entitled "The Book as an Event" that makes a very good arguement for publishing everything you have as fast as you can get it posted.

    Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing - The Book As An Event

    Unfortunately, I don't have a backlist, but I can see his point.
    I agree with this. Sometimes the aura could be a little misleading, suggesting authors are just quickly writing and publsihing... a lot of these authors have long backlists and projects that never saw publication before. Some are years old and are just now getting the chance to be read.
    And don't forget, the best advertising and/or marketing for an independent small press author is to get the next book out. I've been pushing my newest release, The Devil's Weekend, and I'm taking my time with my other books on the block ready to go.

    -jb
    The Devil's Weekend for Nook!
    *Jim's writing blog - www.JimTheWriterB.wordpress.com * Follow Jim on Twitter @JimBronyaur * See all books at www.JimBronyaur.com

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    Mowgli
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    Default Re: How many books should you publish at once?

    I'm on the every 4-6 month plan right now, taking my time and getting books thoroughly proofed. These are books that I've written over the past few years and haven't found "good homes" for so I'm putting them up on my own. Next year I'll get the rights back to some of my earlier books and probably will speed up the process.
    Have characters, must write.

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    Tom Sawyer
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    Default Re: How many books should you publish at once?

    My take on this is IF I had a large number of back logged books that were ready (already proofed and edited) for ebook publishing I would still release at the most 1 book every 2-3 months. Keep interest up.
    Author of 'It Waits' (free), 'Dragons Fire and the Brave Little Prince' (.99), 'Rashnar' (free), 'Krae' (.99)
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