I was thinking about this the other day and I decided to compile a list of all the things that seem to be "working against me" when it comes to sheer sales numbers:
-I write short stories. Let's face it: short stories are making a comeback but the novel is still the dominant animal out there.
-I write in multiple genres. This crime is not so bad. But it will be important for me to make sure that I eventually have a selection of different stories in each genre.
-More importantly, I write in the wrong genres. These days, vampires sell. Vampires and sex. If you can manage to fit both of those in the same book, you're golden.
-I'm independently published. Again, a lesser crime. But I have noticed when looking around for other blogger to review my work, many of them still have a stigma against self-published authors.
-I only have ebooks available, no hard copies.
Ok, so those seem to be all the big things. How to fix them? Here was my big conclusion: I don't really want to fix any of them. The only reasonable change that I would want to make is writing more stories for the genres I have already published (more westerns, more sci-fi, etc.).
Quite frankly, I enjoy writing what I write. I really like being independently/electronically published. I feel like it gives me room to experiment and grow as a writer. And, eventually, the whole indie author/ebook controversy will be less of an issue.
Plus, I refuse to write stories I don't enjoy that are simply designed to make money. On writing forums they always talk about how you need to have a slick cover and good formatting in order to make the sale. This is true. But the fact that there are erotica books out there with covers that look like sh*t, terrible formatting and spelling errors all over the place tells me that the actual content is the most important thing. Sex sells. So since I want to write different genres, I just had to accept the fact the level of appeal will be different.
The hard copy thing could also be remedied. It's really easy these days to get your book printed up on Createspace. But as I mentioned a few blogs ago, this has to be a cost effective move since I write short stories. Several collections will probably have to be put together.
So there you have it. I am working against myself. And yet, I am working with myself at the same time...??