Making Scary Decisions for the Right Reasons
If I said I wasn't nervous, I'd be lying.
Tomorrow the first paywalled instalment of I Am Allegra Bartlett goes live and it's a nerve-wracking experience. Putting something behind a paywall isn't something I contemplated doing until recently, but I do believe it's the best way of publishing Allegra and making sure I give her the attention she deserves over the time it takes to tell her story properly.
With most books, you write it and it's done. Even with books in a series, you move from one on to the next and the next and (eventually) it's done. There's usually time between releases and time to compartmentalise what you're working on. A serial like I Am Allegra Bartlett leaves no room for that.
Whether it's writing/rewriting/editing the main story or working on the supplementary material, there's always something to be doing and it's an ongoing commitment. As I've explained before, a project like this is susceptible to real-time feedback and there's a lot to be said for being able to react to what readers want in the same way a soap opera can offer some wish fulfilment for viewers. That's what I want I Am Allegra Bartlett to do.
But, I have to admit, it is still very scary as the sole author.
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Hopefully I'll see you on the other side of the paywall.