Some of you may be wondering why I've been working on short stories lately instead of writing another novel. Here's your answer...
I've been doing TONS of research on the publishing process and there seems to be a consensus among publishers and book agents that they are much less willing to take on a project if an author doesn't have an established platform. In other words, an author needs to have lots of followers/fans in order for publishers to want to take an author through to publishing.
That being said, I need to build a platform to have the best chance possible of being published. I appreciate everyone who has stood behind me thus far and given me the support and confidence to get where I am now. But, I have to take it farther.
In my research, many authors have utilized short stories as a way to build their platform. For as little time as they take (compared to a novel), I can self publish them as ebooks on various sites for 99 cents, or put them up for a limited time for FREE. It's a way to market not only my writing, but myself as an author. If I can get enough followers on social media, traditional publishing may be a more attainable goal.
This process will take time, and eventually I'm going to need help with advertising on social media. My readers have been such a support to me, and I'll have to lean on you even more as I work my way through this process. Thank you so much for reading my work, and with your help, hopefully we can share it with many more people to come!