A question has been brooding in my mind for a few weeks now and once again I am bringing my quandry to this fellowship for some guidance. My work demands have drastically changed and it has been over a week since I've been able to touch my book. With my new responsibilities, I'm fairly certain I'm not going to reach my self imposed December deadline. During this time, I've begun contemplating a different approach for the book as well. SO here it is:
Factoring in primarily cost plus available time, I'm considering dividing the book into 3-4 parts, much like a mini-series. I could release the first book in December without a doubt and then follow with the subsequent books over the next few months. In one way, it's an interesting concept. The first book would come out close to Christmas, the obvious connection with the birth of Christ. The final book would be released in April, coinciding with Easter and the Resurection. I would possibly follow up directly with a release of the entire volume as well. This isn't so much a marketing concept as just a realistic time frame, but there is the potential benefit of the holidays pitched in. On paper it sounds like a plan.
My concern - and this is where I'd appreciate the input- is that by breaking up the book into 3-4 parts, do any of you think I run the risk of losing readership? It will be more costly from a POD standpoint if I wait to print the entire thing at once and that presents the possibility of less sales. Less sales equals less units, equals less people getting the message which of course is the ultimate goal. But is the mini-series approach a turnoff? Maybe I'm reading too much into this...?
Thanks for any guidance, advice or thoughts....