The main thing I learned is that, once I publish a book, the book won't sit still. It will cry for my attention. Friends will email me sugggestions and errors to fix. Potential customers will urge me to produce non-Kindle versions, or paperback editions. Marketing and publicity opportunities will beckon. My super-fast one-book-a-month pace was designed to keep my project moving, but I quickly began to realize I was defeating my own goals by obliging myself to be always working furiously on the next book to come, instead of nurturing and marketing the books that were already published to the maximum extent each one required.
My lesson has been learned, and I am now hitting the pause button on my one-book-a-month plan. I have two excellent new Kindle publications in progress, but the next one will not come out in August, and the following one will not come out in September. These two new books are the first stab at the second phase of the Literary Kicks publishing plan, which involves not only producing books from selected content originally published on this blog, but also producing new and innovative editions of classic public domain works related to some of the interest areas and obsessions featured here. The books I had planned for August and September are very exciting ones (I wish I could tell you more about them now, but it'll have to wait). I think both books will sell well if published properly, but they're less likely to reach their potential if I rush them out. This is why I've decided to cut the fast pace, put the new books on a slower track to launch, and devote my current efforts towards improving the four books that are currently out.
The fact that I'm slowing the Literary Kicks Publishing plan down is a sign that I'm taking the plan more seriously, not less. The immediate goal I'm most excited about is an improved edition of one of the four existing books, which I'm now working on in partnership with a person who has experience in publicity and marketing (two areas in which I admittedly need help the most). There will be another announcement about this soon. We'll also be launching a new website for these books, a much-needed replacement for this primitive page. Exciting stuff to come! I know you'll stay tuned.
The author and investigative journalist Stetson Kennedy, author of Unmasking the Klan and subject of a past Litkicks feature by Bill Ectric, has died at the age of 94. Shout out to an American hero ...