Thursday, November 3, 2011
My First Attempt At Indie Publishing!
I wrote four books for Dorchester in the Bombay Greatest Hits series. When I got my rights back, I published my backlist. Then, two years later, I finally sucked it up (and caved in to angry fans) and wrote the fifth story in the series, putting it up myself.
PARADISE is a novella. According to my sister, this means it's in Spanish. I had to explain to her that no, this was just a shorter novel. She asked why that wouldn't be a novellette.
After writing 300 page books, a 150 page book should be easier to write, right? Wrong! It was much, much harder. I was used to the luxury of 300 pages to spread the story out. Pacing is everything. But in half of that space, I still had to have a compelling mystery (which I really hope I had), show growth in the character and give a realistic story arc.
And my characters were having none of that. The Bastards.
It took longer than a novel to write. I wonder how much of that is in my head. It was an intimidating task. I'm not sure I would do it again. But so far (10 days) the fans seem to like it. So maybe I won't give up on that idea just yet.
I do love the freedom associated with indie publishing. I'm thinking of doing a collection of short stories - all featuring various Bombays through history. Of course, I might be biting off more than I can chew.
I'll let you know how it goes.