Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Saying Goodbye by Patty Smith Hall


There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.   Ecclesiastes 3:1

February was a month of bittersweet endings and new beginnings for me. For one thing, I finished my last contracted novella. It was probably the hardest story I’ve ever written, one because I didn’t want to write it. I’m excited to start my journey into indie publishing, and just wanted to ‘get on with it.’ So writing this novella was not at the top of my to-do list.

But write it, I did. Once I dug into Patrick and Grace’s story, I didn’t want to let it go. Their story could have easily turned into a full-length novel, and as usual, I got a bit frustrated I was limited to a novella. But it might just be one of the best ones I’ve ever wrote.

Once the manuscript was sent, I was a mixed bag of emotions. I’ve been blessed to have been traditionally published these last ten years. For a girl who wondered if she’d EVER get the call, I’ve loved every single second of it. It’s a dream fulfilled by God who had bigger plans for me than I’d had for myself. And going indie doesn’t mean I won’t turn to traditional publishing again. It just means that my focus will be on my indie projects.

Once I mourned a bit, the excitement of going indie caught up with me and I have work to do.

Now for what I learned last month.

In February, I found the Self-Publishing Show podcast, and as I was going through past shows, I came across one regarding rapid release that piqued my interest. If you don’t know what a rapid release is, let me explain. Rapid release is when you write three or four books, then releases one each month for four months. During that time, you write the next book in the series, and the next. The quick release of those first four books builds excitement for your next book and dovetails into backlist sells.

Because I’m not the quickest writer, I wondered how I could use this to my advantage. I have two books written and in edits, and the cover for one of them. I also got the rights back on the WWII series I wrote for Love Inspired Historical and arranged for new covers.
While I won’t have a new book out until July, here’s how I’m using the rapid release system.

  • April 1—Release of Hearts in Flight (WWII series, Book 1)
  • May 1—Release of Hearts in Hiding (WWII series, Book 2)
  • June 1—Release of Hearts Rekindled (WWII series, Book 3)
  • July 1—Release of Gold Dust Bride (Rushed to the Altar series, Book 1)
  • October –Release of Rushed to the Altar series, Book 2
  • November—Release of WWII Box set with bonus Christmas Novella
  • Early 2021—Release of The Baby Barter (WWII series, Book 4)

My hope is this will build my reader base and give me enough time to finish the third book in the Rushed to the Altar series as well as the first two books of a contemporary series (one written and needs editing.) I’ll be running Amazon as well as Facebook ads, and offering all the books on Audible.

A busy month ahead. But I want to give you a little preview of the cover of my new Rushed to the Altar series coming out in July.



Once I mourned a bit, the excitement of going indie caught up with me via @pattywrites #SeriouslyWrite #amwriting


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Patty Smith Hall lives in North Georgia with her husband of 36+ years, Danny. Her passion is
to write tender romances based in little-known historical moments. The winner of the 2008 ACFW Genesis award in historical romance, she is published with Love Inspired Historical, Barbour and Winged Publishing, and is a contributor to the Seriously Writing blog as well as Journey magazine. Patty is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. 



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4 comments:

  1. God bless your indie publishing, Patty. I just know it will go well. Good blog, good advice today!
    Hugs,
    Elva Cobb Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter

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  2. I love the cover for Gold Dust Bride. It's gorgeous!

    I think the rapid release is a good way to go. I released the first two books in my Daughters of Riverton series back-to-back, but I wasn't able to get the third out for a year later. So, I guess you could say I used that method partway. The goal was to release the third book sooner than a year, but life stepped in, and some other things/people had to take priority. I think if I were to release another series, I might try to have them all ready to go before deciding release dates, just to see how it might make a difference in marketing, etc.

    Welcome to the indie world!

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  3. I love the Indie world, Patty. It's invigorating being totally in charge of your 'baby.' Blessings on your journey!

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  4. Hi, Patty, thanks so much for sharing this post. I've heard successful indie authors say you have to be prolific to be a successful indie author - especially when you first begin. It's a venue I'd love to explore if I can get faster with my writing.

    I wish you EVERY success and hope you'll keep us informed and encouraged of your progress.

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