I'm under a seriously TIGHT deadline...and I did it to myself.
I joined a box set-- a book bundle.
I was invited to join a group that consists of some USA Today and NY Times Bestselling writers, award-winning and national bestselling author. Most I believe are indies but there are some traditionally published in the main group...there's quite a few people there. But what they do is pool their resources to produce awesome box sets of new/retread novels and novellas centered around a common theme (such as the Christmas Pets and Kisses one shown above which on sale now--really. You should go buy it. I'm not in this one, though). All authors share in the marketing costs and effort; each author taps into their own resources for reviewers and such...and the effort across 10-16 authors combines to make the set a success (hopefully).
You don't really do this for the money. It's more for the exposure that leveraging a collective audience brings. But, if you're lucky, you can hit a bestseller list. Although the NY Times Bestseller changed the rules so that book bundles can't hit the list, the USA Today Bestseller list is still a viable option and a lot of bundles have hit it. And everyone in the bundle gets the title.
I'm part of a sub-group--a Valentine's Day bundle. This means writing a Valentine novella. Our deadline used to be December 18th. Now it's December 1st. I'd planned on writing a book for NaNoWriMo. Not so much. Not if I want to get this book completed on time.
But, if you get the chance, this box set concept is really an interesting and fun...and if you get the right people in it, can open your work up to a wider readership.
You want to find out more about how to run a box set and how they can potentially give your writing career a boost?
Check out these articles.
An Overview of Book Bundles for Authors.
Book Bundles: Choosing the Right Team
Potential Problems with Book Bundles
7 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Book Bundle
So far, I'm loving the box set experience and I'm looking forward to doing more...hopefully next time I'll get in one in which I have a bit more schedule flexibility. But, it's given me a chance to write my first novella--the shortest story I've ever written. I used to believe I couldn't write short, but I was wrong. It's given me a chance to write in a romance drama I've never written in before and expand my experience. Most of all, it's given me the chance to work with a great bunch of authors...and true hustlers! We work very hard and the romance community is pretty awesome.
I'll spend the next few days getting caught up on my blogs. I wanted to write everyday but the work comes first--ALWAYS. But I'll still be writing a blog for every day, even if it's not on time.
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