So, some stuff. Working on Book Three of the Warrior of Souls series. I'm trying to gauge how long to make the series. The next 1-2 books will determine this. I can probably wrap the series up in 2-3 more books, or I could choose a different path and stretch it out longer (this doesn't mean I'm going to pad the books or anything, this just means a much longer story arc with lots of new characters, powers, threats). If you've got a preference, now is the time to speak up!
I've got some ideas for some other series. I'd like to start a superhero series, a fantasy series, maybe litRGP, maybe harem. I've started on a book where a man wakes up in a dungeon and has no memory of who he is or what he's doing there (yeah, cliche, but I've always liked it), and he must find his way through it. Too many ideas and not enough time. Or motivation. Motivation is hard to come by. One day you feel like you want to write twenty books, the next day you wonder why you bothered in the first place.
It's the little things that help. For instance, I had only 2 reviews on one of my books. One was very positive, one was negative. The positive one disappeared. That means Amazon deleted that reviewer's reviews (they do this sometimes, if someone leaves too many positive reviews). So that left me with on single bad review. That bummed me out. You've got to understand, reviews are like unicorns to authors. You basically get 1 review for every 150-200 book sales. Reviews are important because there are certain promotional services you can only use if you have a certain number or average of reviews. Without promotional services, we can't get eyeballs on books. No eyeballs on books means no sales. No sales means you are not making any profit. Not making any profit means you are paying for covers, editing, proofreaders, marketing out of your own pocket. Paying for that out of your own pocket means no money for electricity or clothes. No food and electricity means you die naked, frozen to death in a corner.
So, as you can see, reviews are important. Back to the story - so I had one bad review on a book. I'm totally fine with bad reviews. If you didn't like it, you didn't like it. My wife likes fish. I don't like fish. She doesn't like Star Wars. I love Star Wars. I like horror movies. She won't watch them.
This morning and I woke up to a new positive review. It said "keep going". That was enough to motivate me to get back to work, after a hard week of work. See, I work a full time job and bust my butt at it about 50-60 hours a week. I can only write in my free time, but sometimes I'm too drained and just want to rest. But when I get a fan email or a positive review, it rekindles the fire. So if you have an author you really enjoy reading, be sure to drop them a line or leave a review or just give them a little nudge or hug or something, because writing is really hard work, and sometimes people get worn down or depressed, and one little bit of kindness is all it takes to jumpstart their creative energy.