After getting some initial feedback, I have decided to go with new covers for The Dimensions Series. So those will be changing over the next few weeks. I don’t expect The Dimensions Series to sell very well because it’s a YA romantic fantasy. Originally, thought it was more of a thriller, but it turns out that it’s primarily a romantic fantasy. It’s not a paranormal romance, and it’s not urban fantasy. (Two genres which do a lot better than general YA fantasy.)
I could have modified this to fit the trends of what’s popular, but in the end, I opted to keep the trilogy as I originally wrote it because I like this version best. I had to make some hard decisions, and one of those decisions was whether I was going to keep this story as it was meant to be or change it to fit the market.
For anyone who isn’t aware, there is a huge debate over whether authors should write to market or write what they’re passionate about. There are good arguments on both sides. I originally wrote this trilogy back in 2005, and I’m just now dusting it off and rewriting portions of it to make it a better fit for my writing style today. (For those of you who don’t know, this is my pen name. I do romance in my other name.)
As I give this pen name a launch this March with The Dimensions Trilogy and a 10,000 word story called Haunting Screams, I have decided to embrace the notion of writing for passion instead of writing to market.
In the self-publishing landscape today, a lot of authors are writing to market because it does lead to immediate sales. You reap the benefits. When you write for passion, you’re probably not going to hit any bestsellers charts. That’s what I’ve learned over the past ten years of going through CreateSpace in 2008 and getting into blogging. In 2009, I got into ebooks. Before then (back in 2002), I did vanity presses. That got much too expensive, so I had to quit. CreateSpace was the answer to making paperbacks for little cost, and I got into ebooks because I got a Kindle and wanted to read my books on them.
Back then, I wrote and published for passion. Doing any of it for a market wasn’t even in the equation. Also, back then, it was a lot easier to get noticed since so few authors were self-publishing.
Today, most authors self-publish. It was a tough call to opt to write what I’m passionate about, but in the end, this is the direction I wanted to go, so I am. I want to look back and love the stories I published. I want to enjoy them when I’m old and gray.
So I’m not going to chase trends. I’ve decided I’m going to publish these books under my pen name for pleasure. By the way, I’ve learned that just because I write a romance to market, it doesn’t mean that those book sells any better than the romances I wrote mostly for pleasure. No one can predict which stories will take off. That’s simply not under the author’s control, no matter how hard they try.
So it’s time to have some fun and enjoy the ride.
New covers will be popping up soon.