SFFMP 39: Creating Successful Series, Permafree Boxed Sets, and Epic vs. Urban Fantasy with Robert J. Crane
On today’s episode, we chatted with successful epic and urban fantasy author, Robert J. Crane. He’s sold more than a million books and was able to turn writing into his day job early on. Now, he has four successful series going, including his well-known Girl in the Box books.
Here’s a little of what we covered:
- Productivity — how Robert has written and published 26 novels in the last four years
- Writing books as a business and to make money versus treating this as an art and doing it just for the love
- Cliffhangers and planning out a series
- How series have been the key to Robert’s success and thoughts on writing/publishing multiple series at once
- Audience size for epic fantasy versus urban fantasy (stuff set in our world)
- Is it easier marketing contemporary sci-fi/fantasy versus secondary world stuff?
- Having a social media presence, since not everyone will sign up for your newsletter (or filters might keep messages from getting through)
- Doing not only a perma-free Book 1 for marketing but a perma-free boxed set (books 1-3) in a longer series
- The “Big Name” approach for cover art — is there a point at which the author name should be larger than the title?
- Getting fantasy maps done at The Cartographers’ Guild.
If you would like to check out Robert’s books, you can jump into his world for free with The Sanctuary Series (Books 1-3) or Alone (The Girl in the Box, Book 1). Find out more about all of his books on his site.
Robert also has some great and solid advice for indie authors on his blog, well worth the read.