I have to admit, I have no idea what to do with an author blog.
If I put up writing tips, I’ll attract writers, not readers.
If I write whatever’s on my mind, I’ll hear from my friends.
If I push my books all the time, I’ll put everyone off.
So let’s try something actually social on this social media. I want your opinion.
I recently hired an editor. She’ll be digging into my original scifi novella trilogy from October – December, helping me figure out how to reshape it into a single young adult scifi/adventure novel — something that fits a marketspace, and fulfills what a traditional novel should, rather than the improvised pieces I published.
I’m also working on a new novel, which is a lot of fun. Murder mystery set in small town Texas. Completely different thing. I think it has potential to be the first of a series, and have much broader appeal.
So, first question:
When I republish the scifi story — probably mid-year 2017 — should I keep the same title, 300 Miles to Galveston, or come up with something new?
I would include in the intro/somewhere in the description “originally published as x, y, and z” so as not to trick/irritate anyone who read the first three, but to be honest I think the odds of that are slim. That’s maybe 2,000 people. I’ll be investing in a real marketing campaign next time around, so I better have better sales than that.
Should I continue using my current author name, Rick Wiedeman, or use something different?
I don’t like pen names — if you wrote something, own it — but I was thinking of using my full name as a do-over (Richard L. Wiedeman sounds classy). My next work will be higher quality — not only am I a better writer after four books, but I’ll be hiring professionals to help — and I believe the new novel will have broader appeal (mystery/thriller is the second largest selling genre, after romance). Basically, I’m thinking of rebranding myself, and offering an improved product.
Using a different name is more than a surface change — it would get me different author pages on Goodreads and Amazon, impact Google searches, etc. Since I’m combining content from three books for the updated scifi story, this name change would let me “drop” the later two books titles from my list (which have silly titles anyway — one of the problems with the original story is, the aliens have similar and confusing names).
I like the idea of a name change, but I’m not 100% sold on it yet. I have 60-odd reviews on Amazon for the first book as Rick Wiedeman — the other two in the series never took off, hence the rewrite — and that’s a big accomplishment for an unknown author with no marketing budget. It would be sensible to edit the work, offer it under the same title, and promote that, as is, with no name change.
Or, complete relaunch has benefits, too.
Let me know what you think.