A note from our most prolific writer, Walter Knight...
I am well into writing "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 23 -
Bandits." Why write such a long series? Why not write another
series? I did write a vampire book and a zombie book, but they didn't
sell. My science fiction sells. I can't put ideas
to paper and computer fast enough.
The invention of Kindle E-books changed writing and publishing
forever. Before Kindle, the Big Six New York publishers controlled what
we were allowed to read and publish, rejecting 99 percent of all
manuscripts submitted. Now, there are many small online
publishers. If an author cannot find a publisher, he or she can
self-publish. It's a great time to write. No author can be shut out.
Sort of. An author still needs to be noticed to make money. Online
publishers and self-published authors have flooded the market with
millions of books. Established publishers have converted their
out-of-print backlists to E-books. How can an author
with no New York connections ever hope to break through and be noticed
in such an ocean of E-books? It's next to impossible.
An agent told me to not write just one book, that one-hit wonders
cannot be easily marketed, especially in the science fiction genre. He
said write a sequel, then another, and another. You'll gain credibility
as you write. Hone your skills.
I cannot control whether a big publisher will publish my books. I
cannot control whether readers will buy my books, or even like them. What can I control? I can keep writing no matter what. If I cannot
write a million book best seller, I will at least
write a science fiction series so long in cannot be ignored.
I am not getting rich. No one owes me a living. But, sales happen
every day. That's good for a new author with no advertising budget. Will I stop at #23 in the series? Oh, hell no. Write long and prosper.