I received notification of a post from Writer Unboxed (Full article here – http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/25/how-you-fail-determines-how-you-succeed/) talking about how you deal with failure and whether that may mean you later go on to succeed and it inspired this blog post on Prism which I thought I would pick up and dust off for here.
In this post the the author suggests, “…[And that] the biggest risk is not in “only” selling 75 books, but in allowing a failure to become a conclusion, instead of a process toward success. And that the thing to be avoided at all costs is not low sales, but this internal narrative: “I only sold 75 books. I failed. I suppose I’m not a writer after all.” …”
My most saleable books are the contemporary books that I write. Things like my Texas series, and the Sanctuary series, Ellery Mountain, that kind of thing. My first ever book was a paranormal, Oracle, powers, and ancient energy, and gods, and of course the Oracle itself. I am still so damn proud of that book, and of other paranormal books I have written, like Gallows Tree (ghost story alongside the story of a guy running from abuse) and the Fire trilogy (Kian etc.).
I could turn around and say I ‘failed’ at writing paranormal, because the sales for these will never match the aforementioned contemporary titles. I don’t look at it as failure. I think, with the tenaciousness of a writer who has a story to tell, whether it sells or not, I wrote a sequel to Oracle, and two sequels to Kian.
As a writer, do sales figures affect what you write next? Or will you push ahead with a sequel just because your muse demands it?
Readers, are there particular writers you autobuy for their contemporary work but not their paranormal or indeed the other way around?