The holiday crunch has hit really hard in the last few days, readers. I had hoped to have a few more personal Vocational Vivications ready to go this time a couple of weeks ago, but sadly it appears that will not be the case. Work and life have collided to make writing difficult at the moment, and so today I must leave you with this helpful article from K. M. Weiland’s site, Helping Authors Become Writers:
12 Tips for Writing and Releasing Collaborative Book Bundles
Book bundles are a fantastic way to expand your platform and your writing opportunities.
I have collaborated with other authors on five difficult book bundles—and have at least two more in the works. The first collection, Thirty-One Devotions for Authors, included—you guessed it—thirty-one authors, ranging from some of the most well-known among Christian authors to newbies. When my short story “Slider” won an honorable mention position in The Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest, they included it in their anthology along with other winners and honorable mentions. My third collection (now no longer available) included previously-published full-length novels bundled for resale as a set.
Each of these approaches to book bundles have their own degree of success and satisfaction. By far, however, the most fun collaboration has been that in which each participating author writes a fresh novella for a new collection.
Why Book Bundles?
Short works are fun and challenging to write. Novellas are generally around 25,000 words, but must be as complete in characterization and story arc as a full-length novel. That adventure alone is reason enough to encourage me to participate in these novella book bundles.
It also gives me a chance to play. I’ve been writing a contemporary Western romance series and have another in mind when it’s done. I also like to write contemporary romance and women’s fiction, but both of these currently go against my brand. Considering the fact that the bulk of my readers prefer their heroes in cowboy hats and boots—and since the two series I’m working on provide such heroes—I’m genre-locked for a while. Collaborating on book bundles has allowed me to write about different people in places other than the ranch and rodeo.