Monday, December 7, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 178 -- Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday -- Deborah Blandon 

The inspirational author of the day is USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author Deborah Blandon. 

I loved her story because she had been rejected by Harlequin and decided to publish her own works. But she used a business style that I just resisted until recently...and it's a method that I've since warmed up to. 

Serial Novels

Deborah's road to success, in addition to writing great stories, is how she releases them. She writes multiple novellas, all ending with major cliffhangers, and then she releases the next piece in the series within two weeks. After all of the serial novels have been released, she combines them into a "box set" and releases them together, essentially turning three small books into one big book and getting four releases out of three. 

It's the cliffhangers that keep her readers coming back for more. 

To read more about her work and success, check out her Publisher's Weekly article here.

Even before I read this article, I had embarked on this mission with my latest romance which will be in the box set that I'm participating in, but the decision didn't come easily. I do not typically write short fiction. With the exception of my YA romances, no book I've ever written was less than 80K words. So, writing a novella has been a new challenge but early reviews say I kinda nailed it .

So now I'm writing three novellas, releasing them close together, and I'll be combining them into one set. 

This article was affirmation that my plan was the right one...we'll see how it goes. 

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