I have written two novels in two different genres (well, and one fan fiction that isn’t on here. Bleah.) The manuscript I’m starting to post on here right now is a police procedural that’s undergoing its final rewrite. I COULD possibly make that a five book series, BUT…I’m not that comfortable with the police stuff. (So why did I write a %$(&( procedural then?? Because what I’m really trying to write about is mental illness, and cops run into a lot of that. ) I had an easier time with that when my husband was alive to help me out. After he passed away, well…So, unless that somehow acquires a following, and I don’t think this is the place where police procedurals stand out, I don’t think it’s worth the struggle to write the other five.
I’m having an easier time with a fantasy dystopian that I’m starting the second rewrite on now. That, I have planned three books and I can see myself finishing those. (Eventually.) The reason: It’s really about relationships and affair-related issues, and I’ve read extensively about those topics and feel a lot more at home writing those.
What I’m trying to do now is reach out online and try to establish some kind of presence writing about topics tangential to the books. That would be, for the police novels, mental illness, specifically borderline personality disorder, and for the dystopian, relationships, affair-related issues, codependency, and astrology. I’m trying to have some sort of audience lined up where one day I can say, I have a book coming out, and someone might actually notice.
I just don’t know if you can sell fiction…writing about nonfiction.
I have two websites. I have joined a site called YourTango on which one can post articles on relationship and astrology topics. The place gets 2 million reads a month, and if you’re featured on the front page…well, one of my articles has close to 19,000 reads.
I keep trying to tweak my profile on there to drive traffic to the websites, but…can you really promote fiction that way?? Am I just nuts?
I figure it will take me several more years to have three novels ready to self-publish and market, so I’ve got plenty of time to pull and tweak. But, am I barking up the wrong tree here? Is this at all useful a thing to be doing? I don’t know crap about online marketing, and I don’t know crap about how to use Twitter.