…there’s sum’thing compellingly attractive about a Literary Lady of *cough* *a-hem* vintage who attempts manoeuvres a la Cirque de Soleil… on a motorbike!… triple somersaults from two-wheeled transport at speed without a safety net tends to cause, at a minimum, a slight dent in one’s personal immediate diary schedule… m’Lady Ailsa Abraham visited her local hospital in France where she currently resides, but without an appointment, and, more to the point, without her conscious awareness… it appears, pro tem, that a mild slowing-down of m’Lady’s activities has taken place as a direct consequence of her imitation of the Human Cannonball stunts… I for one, would not bet a single sou against m’Lady’s enforced leisure being reversed in early course… be that as it may, I’m honoured to have Author, Ailsa Abraham pen a few bon mots for our quill-scraping perusal… enjoy…
Many thanks to my dear friend Seumas for inviting me to scribble a little something for the blog. Obviously I turned for my inspiration to his latest publication Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales.
At the moment I’m not self-published but don’t take that as cast in stone. The sales problem faces all of us. One of the vital things is productivity. Now I sound like I’m equating the author with a story-factory. Well, yes, in a way we have to be. If readers like our stuff, they will want more and if none is available they will go elsewhere. Rather like your local store not stocking your favourite brand any more.
So one of the most glaring answers is “I know! I’ll write a serial.”
There are advantages to this. Mostly they will fit into a convenient niche or genre and some time is saved by establishing the basics in the first novel. Main characters, locations, jobs will be familiar to the readers by Book Two. Apart from development, there is nothing to do but tell the story. That is what we are supposed to be good at.
Great – let me at it.
Except that “being organized” is vital. Having enough time and a tidy mind help enormously. Oops! I screwed up on that by writing Book Two first. I didn’t mean it to happen but readers clamoured for more and wanted the back-story, so Book One got written pretty quickly. Yay! Characters were popular with readers, they wanted more, so all that remained was to keep up my sales of the existing books while writing Book Three. Previously I had started with a real quick-read and had to produce a full-length in double-fast time, so another Book Three was needed in another series!
This is where Fate stepped in and shoved a few sticks in my wheels. In the last year I have managed to be severely injured twice and an operation which I was assured would put me out of action for six weeks, ended up being six months.
If I had been writing stand-alone books, I could perhaps have completed one but noooooooooooooooo. I was writing two series because that was the accepted wisdom. That meant that I needed to link back to the previous stories, remember my characters’ particularities and generally make it gel. Having had a stroke this proved awkward.
Both Book Threes are now back in production and I have had many ideas of other, stand-alone books which will be my next WIPs when I get through.
She has lived in France since 1990 and retired from teaching English to adults due to ill health. An animal-rights activist and shaman, she enjoys knitting, cooking and until recently motorcycles.
…many thanks for these wisdoms of pearl, Ailsa… up and at ‘em, m’girl!… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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