As I learn about self-publishing, I find more and more that the recommendation is to write a series, wait until you have at least five books polished, and launch the books close together. While I can appreciate that this would give readers a handful of novels from the same author and create a buzz during the launch, I’m not sure where the author is expected to go from there. A common suggestion is to release new books every 30, 60, or 90 days. Really? Wow. That’s a lot of writing, editing, and polishing to do in a short amount of time.
With traditionally published novels, readers expect the author to release one to two books a year, and they’re willing to wait for that next novel to launch. But, I’m wondering if indie authors are setting themselves up to disappoint readers once those five books have been released. If readers really expect a new book launch every 30, 60, or 90 days, how can the author possibly keep that pace and still produce quality material? And if it’s not readers who are expecting releases at these intervals, why is it suggested? Algorithms, sure. I get that. But, again, how can an author write, revise, edit, revise, polish, and release in such a short timeframe, and on a consistent basis? What happens when he misses that 90-day deadline? Will his books suddenly drop from view? Will readers forget about him?
I support both traditionally published and self-published authors. This post isn’t about which path is the best path to take. I’m simply curious as to what readers expect, and how indie authors are supposed to keep readers from forgetting them.
What has been your experience as a reader and a writer?