Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quality Over Quantity

I recently read a blog post by self-published author Jeff Ambrose that detailed his goal to publish a certain amount of stories in a self-imposed timeframe. The reasoning behind this is that the more books you have available to read, the higher your chances of selling more books. This makes sense, because if you have only one book out, your exposure is limited. It’s only through diversifying that catalog that you can attract an audience to your writing. Plus, it helps people see that you’re serious and devoted to your work, thus devoted to readers.

I considered this with my releases, which only stand at three in about a ten month time frame. That is small in comparison to other self-published authors – especially considering my releases are all novelettes.

This stimulated my mind to begin thinking about a more ambitious writing schedule. If I could write more stories and release more stories quicker, perhaps the ramp up would result in higher sales.

There are two problems, for me, with this line of thinking. First, do I want high sales? Of course I do. What writer doesn’t want to make money on what he writes? But right now, I just want people to read what I write. That’s why I have devoted more time to my blog. Everyone can read for free what is on there, including free stories that I have started writing for the site. So sales are important, but not my main motivator right now.

The other problem is quality. My concern is that if I take on a quantity approach over a quality approach, what I write may suffer. And I do not want to do that. I want each story to capture the imagination of the reader. I also want the reader to see that a lot of thought went into the story. Other writers may be able to accomplish this quickly, but I know this is not my strength.

So it may be that each story in the Miscorrection series takes a couple of months to write and publish. No big deal there. The motivation is for you to read and enjoy them not to maximize sales. And if you don’t want to read them, well you’re reading this site. So either way, you win and I win.

I hope you enjoy reading what I write no matter what form it is. If you do, let me know in the comments. If you don’t, also let me know in the comments. There’s no better way for me to improve than to receive criticism in all its forms!