|Written by Paul D. Batteiger|
|Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:35|
There's about another six weeks of Beauty & the Blade left to post, and it's about time for me to start thinking on my next project, and that means thinking about changes. Doing 3 campaigns a year is pretty exhausting, but it's the number I need to do to have enough to live on. What I would really like to do is shift it to doing 2 larger campaigns, so I would be reducing the number of books I write per year by one, and also reducing the amount of time I need to badger everyone for their support. Often it feels like I have no sooner finished a campaign than I need to start thinking about the next one. It's a tiring schedule for me and for you, my readers. I would rather write 2 good books a year, rather than 3 that maybe are not the best I can do because of the pace I have to keep.
So I am considering a move away from erotica and into more commercial fantasy fiction, and also considering a move to Kickstarter. Indiegogo was the platform I was kind of stuck with, because Kickstarter does not allow adult content. But Kickstarter has a bigger footprint and could maybe allow me to broaden my base, which I really need to do. The audience here has not been expanding, and that leaves my situation rather precarious. I don't like having to depend so much on a few really generous donors.
But Kickstarter comes with it's own questions. It's an all-or-nothing platform, and while I have always hit goal before, I would be aiming at a goal more along the lines of $4500 - $5000 this time, and that would make it a high-wire, go-for-broke kind of proposition. I don't like that, but I need to change something up, because Adventurotica is in a holding pattern, and doesn't seem to be going upwards. Also, the punishing schedule means I am still behind on my fulfillment even after all this time, and I badly want to get caught up.
Basically, with 2 campaigns a year instead of 3, I could have more time, get caught up faster, and produce better books. But I have to wonder if all of my readers would come along for such a venture. I did do the non-porn campaign for The Demon Star, and that had a muted reception, but it proved I can sell a non-porn book.
And I can on-the-other-hand myself into next year at this rate. What do you think? Anybody's two cents would be appreciated.