Series are tough.
Among the covers at the top of this page, you'll see the five covers for the current Flynn Monroe books. They're stories I love writing, stories I love talking to others about, and that have been selling consistently. And I went into this business with a hope for consistency, not crazy numbers. What I'm saying is: I have nothing to complain about.
But still, series are tough.
The number of sales for each book slowly goes down, and I start to wonder.... am I (and this small handful of people) the only one who cares about the story anymore? Would I serve my readers better by stepping back from this series for a moment and giving them other stories for a while. Because I write for myself, but I also write for them.
I had to think about that last month and in the end I came to the conclusion that for the moment, scaling back on the series was probably a better plan. I'm still writing the fourth novel, I've got the fifth one done (have I mentioned I write out of order) but for the moment, I'm going to focus on the breadth of my bibliography. Once I get some more options out there, then I'll go back to focusing on the depth (the rest of the Flynn books and the other long series I have planned).
February is about branching out, about preparing to widen my net to hopefully keep myself happy while giving readers a reason to be happy as well.