So I've learned recently that success can pose problems.
Some of you know that, aside from writing urban and epic fantasy, I also write in a very different genre under a pen name. While reviews and reader feedback for "Dis" and "City of Dis" have been great, sales have been terrible (after the initial surge put "Dis" on three Amazon Top 100 lists). Meanwhile, sales under my pen name have shot up significantly.
So now I have a decision to make. Take time away from the writing that is popular (and profitable!) to write a novel--The Norn Convergence--that I think some of you would really enjoy, but which would very likely see only a handful of sales (until I have several novels out, at least)...or...put The Norn Convergence on the back burner while I continue to release vast quantities of work under the pen name, opening up the very real possibility of me being able to quit my job to write full time in the near future. At which point I would have the time for both kinds of writing.
My decision is pretty much made. Over the next few months, I will continue to work on short stories in the Urban Midgard world, with the goal of releasing one fantasy or urban fantasy short per month. The next Urban Midgard release will probably be the short story "The Shriver", which many of you enjoyed when you read the excerpt up at Urban Psychopomp. My November release, however, will probably be fantasy rather than urban fantasy.
I have no fear I won't be able to keep up. My October word count was 52,000 words, and I'm aiming to go higher this month. Nothing motivates like success.
So that's the scoop. I'm not abandoning my fantasy, but I can't let this opportunity to establish myself as a full-time writer pass me by.
I'll close this post by sharing a video of one of my favorite bands. I didn't even realize they had new music out (I'm a bad bad fan). The lyrics on this one have a lot of significance to things I'm seeing in my life, aspects I'm freeing myself of after many years. I do not believe the success coming to me now is a coincidence. Sometimes we just have to get away from certain patterns and people. Anyway, here's Sound of Winter by Bush. (I <3 Gavin Rossdale. LOL)