Today's Tip: Have you tried to do a serial online? Seriously folks, I have a couple of books out there, but most people would never know it. Actually they aren't very good books so that might have a lot to do with it, but I can at least say that I have written books. What I actually do is blog. I blogged before I knew I could write and then somewhere along the line I was goaded into thinking that I was a writer and books are where I needed to go. Of course it is, that's where the bazillion dollars is, and without the bazillion dollars we don't exactly feel credible do we? Trust me, just having a book doesn't do it for long when you don't get the bazillion dollars.
This is where the serial comes in. I have two serious problems that keep me from being a writer, and maybe you do too or maybe you do not, either way think about this for a while, and then get back to me. My first problem is that I write in bursts. I can get 4 really good paragraphs of stuff every once in a while, maybe as many as six, but I haven't the tenacity to put together all of the paragraphs that constitute a book. Again some do and some don't. Of course once I did put together all of the paragraphs for a book I didn't sell that book very well, and guess what? I made more money blogging. Now of course the streets are not paved with gold when you are blogging, but I can get anywhere from $20 to $100 a month blogging.
Now deep down inside I am a story teller, despite my ADHD, chronic depression, irresponsibility, and a host of other issues that I'm sure one of my ex wives can fill you in on. By serializing my writings I can accomplish what I want to, make a little bit more money that I ever have on books, and actually keep an audience. It's also easier to keep an audience (in my case) one exciting "piece" at a time, instead of praying that they stay attentive during the boring parts of my books. Of course there is no reason you can't do both at the same time either. Think of it as another tool in the writer's toolbox, with a few more benefits than you would think.