If you’re an indie author, how many books to do you have to publish each year to be successful?

Obviously, success is different for everyone, and there is no hard and fast rule for achieving success as an author, especially an indie author.

But if that’s the case, why do so many people believe the only way to succeed as an indie is to publish a book a month? For some, it’s simply impossible to publish that quickly. For others, people like Michael Anderle, it’s impossible to publish that slowly.

One of the reasons I’ve focused two of the last three episodes on people who are not publishing a book or more a month is to highlight what we all intuitively know to be true. There are a variety of paths to success in the world of Indie publishing. The secret is to find yours, not to follow one carved out by someone else.

This week’s guest is author Bobbi Holmes, who joined us on episode 82, almost two years ago when we discussed pre-orders.  At that time she had a fairly rigid publication schedule, and when I looked again at her Amazon author page, I see that she’s continued with the “new book every 90 days” plan over the past two years.

It turns out her schedule hadn’t changed since August of 2014 when she published the first book in her Haunting Danielle series, and as you’ll hear in the interview, publishing four books a year is working out very well for her.

We cover a lot of ground during this interview, going into some detail on Bobbi’s publication schedule, revisiting the rationale for her pre-order process, we discuss her marketing efforts, and we discuss the reason she works with an agent as an indie author.  


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