When I decided in January to leave KindleUnlimited, it was a difficult choice. I’m profoundly introverted, and I think rather slowly about the most significant decisions. Besides, I have a fierce loyalty toward those I feel an obligation to. All of those things made booking out of the Amazon-exclusive machine a tense, nerve-wracking decision.
The math, though, didn’t work. I wish it had because being Amazon-exclusive was undoubtedly easier in many ways.
It felt like a New Moon in a lot of ways.
I’ve always preferred new moons to full moons. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an extreme introvert and I prefer the quiet. Perhaps it’s because I like mysteries and what’s out there in the woods is much harder to parse out when there’s no moon overhead lighting the scene. Maybe the puzzle is fun. Honestly, I’m just not sure. But I’ve always liked new moons better.
New Moon in Aries, New Book in Wide
The new moon often heralds fresh starts, and Aries is the very first sign in the zodiac. There are a few other aspects as it hits that make this time, astrologically speaking, one of both challenge and expansiveness.
Do I believe in Astrology? Honestly, I don’t know.
I do use it in plotting and character creation for my books, though, and so I think about it quite a bit. As I look at the aspects and what they’re purported to be during this astrological time? It seems to be as good a time as any to shut the door on the wide transition and pronounce it done.
April started with higher sales yet again, and I am still thoroughly delighted with my experience as an author going wide. Readers seem much more engaged; advertising is far easier and looks much more effective. Granted, it does seem a little bit like a Sisyphean chore pushing that rock up the mountain. Progress is steady but slow. Unlike with Amazon, though, I don’t feel like that rock keeps coming down and rolling over my head.
Questions I’m asking during the Aries New Moon
Tonight, I’ll be sipping a cup of tea on my porch and asking myself these questions.
- Is the pace I was writing essential now that I’m not desperately trying to suck up to an algorithm? Or would the stories be served better by less rushing and more contemplating?
- Is the Magical Midway still a ten book series (a book number I chose primarily for the slots available in someone’s KindleUnlimited library)? If not, should it be shorter or longer?
- How can Charlotte grow stronger, bolder on her journey? How can someone that chose to hold back from the world and reject so many experiences come into her full power?
What will you be asking yourself on the new moon?