I’m a self-published author. I hope to one day become a hybrid author – that’s where I self-pub some books and go to traditional publishers with others – but that’s the future. There are benefits and drawbacks to both types of publishing. Today I’m going to talk about one of the benefits of being my own publisher.
When you spend so much time working on something, it’s easy to be disappointed with the finished product. At least on some level, the author always feels that something could be better in their written work. I remember a quote from director David Fincher who said, "Films are never finished, they’re abandoned," and I believe that can apply to books, music, or basically any form of art. At some point the creator must say enough is enough. We cut the rope, watch our creation fly off on its own, and hope it’s lucky enough to have a soft landing.
My book Blood Child had a rough landing. I like certain parts of the book (the opening in Berlin, for example), but otherwise I consider it to be a disappointment. Others generally agree. And for a long time now, the book hasn’t been selling. In short, the existence of a book called Blood Child was doing me more harm than good.
So, I’m removing Blood Child from Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and other places where it had been for sale. This is one of the benefits of being my own publisher. If I don’t want a book out there, then I can take it down and stash it away.
I’ve long considered Blood Child to be the book that I shouldn’t have written. One of the key reasons is that there is some confusion about the reading order of the books in my dark fantasy series The End of the World and Some Other Things. Death’s Good Intentions is the big story, the one I really want people to read. The Man with the Devil’s Tongue is a nice little prologue to that story and is a free gateway into the series. Blood Child is yet another prologue, but one that’s totally unnecessary, and its existence just makes things that much more confusing. So, if you want to read more backstory about the characters featured in The End of the World and Some Other Things series, you can read Blood Child for free. Go to the book's page on this website for the download link. Blood Child exists now as an extra for curious readers. So, if after reading the other (superior) books in the series you still want to know more, give it a look! But don’t start with Blood Child. It’s been removed from online stores for a good reason.
I’m sure other authors have been in similar situations before. I don’t mean to suggest that this is what everyone should do with their disappointing books. For me and my book Blood Child, this feels like the right decision. I didn’t make the choice suddenly. Actually I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I want this series to be a success because I quite like the world I’ve created. Blood Child was holding me back. No longer.
By the way, the sequel to Death’s Good Intentions is coming soon. It’s the most complex book in the series and I hope you dig it. Until then, consider reading The Man with the Devil’s Tongue (it’s free!) and Death’s Good Intentions (currently on sale for $0.99).
I hope everyone is having a good start to the New Year. 2016’s going to be busy for me, with lots of writing and new books published. I’m excited!
Until next time, take care and happy reading.
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of books and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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