I decided a few nights ago to share a poll to my readers in order to see what kind and method of content from me that they’d like to see going forward. The reason for this is simple, I have enough projects on my plate that I crave the chance to do, but I can’t decide on which one to buckle down on. So I took it to the readers to try and help cure me of my predicament.
First off, if you missed the link to the poll that was on my social feeds, it is right here. It’s still open, so if you want to contribute, just click the link and pick an answer.
So what kind of data have I been able to gleam from the results? Actually, there are three separate pieces of info I’ve been able to gather from the results thus far. First, let me detail what votes have been cast and where.
A – Go for a novel – 3 votes.
B – Pound out short stories and submit them to magazines – 1 vote.
C – Write and assemble a collection of short works and release it on Amazon – 2 votes.
D – Write and release separate short stories, novelettes, ect, on Amazon – 2 votes.
E – Do whatever the hell you want, moron – 3 votes.
Now, these answers have provided some rather interesting pieces of data for me. Let me explain how I’m interpreting this info so you can see where I am coming from.
1) I’ve got 11 votes. While I haven’t been shoving this poll down everyone’s throats, I think this is indicative of a smaller audience. As far as the readers go, this isn’t a bad thing.
To me, however, it means that I should be looking into ways to expand the existing readership and start bringing in a newer crowd. This could include things like promotions, giveaways, ect. Who knows, but it is definitely something for me to think on. This might also tie directly into the next couple of points though, so we’ll see.
2) The magazine option only has one vote. Sure, we haven’t seen a terribly large results base, but this seems rather interesting. Is it that you all would rather see projects from me that are entirely independent from other publications? Do you lot believe my stories and their quality are able to stand up entirely on their own in the Amazon marketplace? Also, could moving independently into the Kindle store create more visibility and increase my readership size? It’s an interesting question.
3) The “Do whatever the hell you want, moron,” option is tied for the lead with the novel approach. This makes me wonder if there really is a preference amongst the readers about what sort of content that is desired. I had almost expected the short fiction or collection options to take the lead, not either a novel or whatever.
While the “whatever you want,” option doesn’t help solve my priorities question, it definitely raises my eyebrow. Does the notion that some viewers want to see a larger, grander effort while others don’t particularly care what they get so long as they get more actually ring true?
So, do these findings raise my hopes or give me a sense of direction? Yes, in its own way, it does. It gives me hope at the prospect of moving into the independent marketplace, relying more on my own stories and their quality rather than a magazine and the other contributors to help sell it and possibly cast attention my way.
I’ll continue to watch the findings and see what further results or feedback might develop. However, if you want to make your thoughts on these questions heard, feel free to leave either a comment or email discussing your feelings on the matter.
In the meantime, I’m heading back to doing some editing for Guns of Asgard. I know the prospect of further work on that has at least a couple people rather excited, so I figure it’s time to get on with that. Afterward, it’s back to work on Under a Falling Sky. The foot is in the door, so now it’s time to capitalize on that.
Can’t believe I was the only one who voted in favor of short stories.
For what it’s worth, neither can I. At this point, it seems others like the idea of further shorts and other small-form content, but want it independently rather than from a magazine.
Still gathering opinions on it, so I’d say the discussion isn’t close to done yet.
I think the bigger question not asked is why do you write?
I’ll make no bones about it, I write for two reasons.
1) To tell a story. To be able to dream up a world and its inhabitants and put them to the page. I love the sense of pride in being able to create stories from nothing.
2) So that others might see and enjoy the stories that I tell. I love the sense of joy that comes from hearing somebody read something I created, let alone if they liked it.
those are great reasons :) When decided what and where to write keep those at your focal point. Whether you write short stories, novels, or columns, always keep in mind why you write and you will live a satisfied writing career :)
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