March 2023 Update
Firstly, this month's update is going to be a bit longer than usual. I am not going to apologise for that, there is a lot to update you on.
I have been very busy recently but I finally feel as though I have things in a better place. This should mean that I will be able to be more consistent with my chapters and my writer updates going forward.
In addition to this I have a few holidays and bank holidays coming up over the next few months so you will probably see some additional chapters springing up!
Once Upon a Rejection
This story is now getting more regular updates, which I am sure you will all be grateful for.
As you can probably tell, we are getting close to the end of the second part of this story. I will be rolling straight into the third and final part of the story straight after the second part concludes. The third part is going to be a bit shorter than the other two which means this book is likely to finish completely before the end of summer.
The Lost Female Alpha & The Alpha's Punishment
I have been struggling for the last few months with the changes implemented by one of the platforms I have this book on. The platform in question made a change which meant that I felt obliged to increase the chapter length on these two stories. That might not sound like a huge deal but it had a knock on impact on my writing and my stress levels.
Trying to force my chapters to be longer meant that I had to either waffle or try to push in part of the next scene into the chapter. It was difficult to do this and still make the chapter make sense. This meant it was taking much longer to write a chapter and I wasn't even sure if I liked the result at the end of it.
As a result of this I did some analysis on the data (yes, I know that makes me a geek) and I realised a couple of things. Firstly most people on that platform use add or bonus coins to read my story on that platform. This is perfectly fine but it means they are going to be much more concerned with the frequency rather than the length of the chapters. This in turn means that I can write my chapters to the length I find easier without fear of upsetting people too much (which is awesome).
Secondly, I have a few changes I need to make (see "The Future" section of this post).
I'm An Alpha, Not Your Princess
This story is now complete :)
I am sure that I won't be the first or the last person you hear saying that things have been getting worse for readers and writers on these platforms. So I am going to be changing a few things up for my future stories. Just to be clear, the books I am currently writing will be staying where they are, this is just advanced warning that the future stories will be published using the following model:
As I am writing the stories they will be available to read in three places. My own website (under a subscription model but I will keep the price low) on Patreon and on Radish (I will explain why radish in a bit).
Once I have finished the story it will remain on these platforms for three full months after the month of completion before it will be removed and placed on amazon. Once it is on amazon it will be part of kindle unlimited as well as being available in paperback and hardback.
Why am I choosing radish?
From a reader perspective it is the cheapest platform. My books will be on a wait to unlock basis with a one hour wait time, so that means you could unlock the whole book in a few days and binge in all for free. I have tested this out myself and it is possible.
From a writer perspective I make more there per reader than any other platform. I am not even sure how that is possible given how easy it is to read my books for free on there but it is true, I have done the maths (see below for last months data, all rounded to 3dp):
Platform 1: $0.002 per follower
Platform 2: $0.003 per follower
Platform 3: $0.015 per follower
Radish: $0.220 per reader (based on last few chapters)
As you can see it isn't even a small difference, it is quite significant.
The other benefits of radish are that I can control how many episodes are free, how often they are unlocked and I can remove my story from the platform when I want to. I also don't lose any of my rights like I do with the other platforms
This is why I think this change is better for everyone.
I know that by doing this I will probably lose some readers but I have to do this so I can take back control of my own stories and if I can tempt some of you over to join me then that will be a bonus. I expect the first books to be created using this model to be towards the end of this year.
As each of my stories are part of a larger series I will have to do an alternative version of my existing stories for this model. I will be changing names, and fixing a few things that bugged me about the original stories.
This won't mean that you will have to read my stories again to understand what is happening in the next ones (unless you want to). I will make it clear which ones are equivalent to which story so you can easily pick up the laters parts of the series.