I will always finish every series I start. How quickly that happens, is dependent on a number of factors - some of which, I'm mentioning below.
For those of you who were around this time last year, you may remember when I had to push back the pre-order for Chasing Aledwen (meaning I couldn't list pre-orders for a year) and that happened because I focused too much on always having the next book in a series set to release.
Now I have pre-orders back, I'm going to do things a little differently. I'll be working through my series still, but I'm keeping my schedule flexible. I have a flat pre-order goal, if I hit that on a book, then I will put the sequel up for pre-order before it releases. If I don't hit that, then I'll probably move to another book in another series before coming back to that one (but rest assured I will go back to it!). This is above all, my business. It's what I want to spend my life doing, and that means I have to prioritise.
But what does that have to do with you?
If you love a series, there are several ways you can make sure the next book moves up my to-write list:
- Buy/Pre-Order the previous book in the series - the better it does, the further up my writing plan it goes. Sales numbers are a good indicator for me of which books are the best liked.
- Review. It doesn't need to be super in depth, and I try not to read reviews too much (they're for readers, after all!) but I do look on new releases to see what's working for people, and I do keep an eye on the average rating and the number of reviews - if either of them are low, it tells me people aren't connecting with the series and my time is better spent elsewhere.
- Recommend it to people you think will like it. You don't need to tell me you've done that, or tag me, or anything like that, but if you love a series, recommending it will get exposure that will make 1 & 2 more obvious!
- Make a post in my reader group! (Or any other *reader* group. Please do not post in other author's groups without their permission). If I can see people talking about the books, then I know there's interest in it!
Thank you for listening! Now it's back to work on various books and sequels!