I’ve spent that last few years trying to figure out how to convert this blog from one that reaches writers and indie publishers to one that reaches more readers.
After a lot of failed attempts to attract readers using pictures, blog posts, and complete randomosity, I realized something.
I’d completely lost sight of what readers want from writers.
So I started thinking about what I look for when I visit other writers’ websites.
That led me to a startling fact: I don’t visit many other writers’ websites. Not for the purpose of fangirling, anyway. (I visit other indie authors’ sites for work purposes, however.) I don’t visit the blogs of the writers I read strictly for pleasure.
Then, I asked, “Why not?”
As a reader, I’m not passionate about the writer. I’m excited about the books the writer creates. I may have a passing interest in how they write or how they got started. I may take a peek at maps or artistically rendered quotations. But ultimately, I want more books, and I want them yesterday.
So that leads me to the belief that readers want more of what they read.
Readers want more stories. They want books faster!
As a writer, I want to share books with readers as fast as I possibly can. The problem is that the complete writing process takes a lot of time, at least for me. Two months are devoted exclusively to professional editing. That’s not counting the time it takes for me to write and rewrite and re-rewrite the text. It takes me time to write, edit, and prefect each book–not as much as George R. R. Martin. But still, it’s a long process.
I wish I could speed up this process, but I cannot guarantee the quality if I try to work faster. And I don’t want to ask readers to pay for a book or story that isn’t the best it can possibly be.
But I can give it to you for free.
And so I give you…
SnapStories may be deleted scenes, short stories, and/or sneak peeks at upcoming novels.
Or they may also be unpublished novels that are released chapter by chapter in serial fashion. (The SnapStories edition will self-destruct when the final novel is published.)
- Content will only be available online (as .pdfs) at BectonLiterary.com.
- It will be available for a limited time.
- The stories won’t be perfect. They will be released online before final editing and additions have taken place.
- But they will be complete. Eventually. (In the case of serialized novels, they will be completed over time.)
- And they will be subject to change. In fact, in the case of novels, that’s a guarantee. What you read in the free version will not be the same as the final, published book. The published version will likely be quite a bit longer, and the ending may change, all the way down to whodunnit. It’s been known to happen late in my process when a better idea strikes.
- Once the final book is published, the free version is gone forever. (I’m not allowed to give away books that are for sale. Ethics, yo.)