On the 1st of August 2013, my first novella Pretty into Fashion went live. I was super excited. It was the first work I self-published.
Today, on the 23rd of September 2014, I decided to unpublish it. I’m super sad. But I believe I made the right decision.
Back when I first published Pretty into Fashion, I thought I was going to published my full-length novels shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The reasons for that are numerous and too lengthy to detail. The short version is: I let life get in the way. I procrastinated like crazy.
Last month, I was scheduled to publish my first novel. But, I still felt it wasn’t ready. I’m taking the time now to go over it and try to fix as much as I can. There are still many parts that I am not 100% satisfied with. I’m hoping it will be ready to be published in the next couple of months. When it is published, I don’t want to confuse readers with two different genres. I want to try to build up a loyal following of readers slowly and it would help to set one clear genre in the beginning.
That’s not to say that I’m never going to switch between genres. I’m going to experiment with genres. I’m already doing it over several WIPs. I would love to write pure fantasy but I also want to experiment, learn, and grow as a writer instead of limiting myself to one genre and staying on ‘brand’ the whole time. For the time being I think it would be smarter for me to not confuse my readers since I’m still just starting out.
Even though my head says it makes sense, my heart is still sad.
Goodbye, Pretty Into Fashion.