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Five Types of Writers that Bog Down the eBook Market

By , April 9, 2012 1:30 am

 

Searching for an Agent Leads to the Discovery of…

As part of my agent search, I cruised through Amazon to check out authors who write books similar to my WIP.  When my search terms yielded a fairly lengthy list, I hoped that I found some great leads!  A few clicks later, I realized that most of the names led to self-published novels.  After I read a few sample pages and chapters, I created this list instead of crying for the future of publishing while eating ice cream out of the container.

No matter how learned or experienced we are, I think we writers somehow have a piece of each type deep inside of us!

…Five Types of Self Published Authors that Bog Down the eBook Market!


Angsty post-graduate.  Writes poetry that she believes is an enigmatic mirror to her soul, but everyone else recognizes that it is just nonsensical and dumb.  Believes that her poetry means that she is destined to be the next queen of literary fiction.  Her book has no plot.  At all.


Bored housewife.  Has read Twilight.  LOVES TWILIGHT!  TEAM JACOB OMG!  Writes for the YA market.  Still does not yet realize what YA means.


Mid-life crisis guy.  Has a soul sucking job and features characters with equally terrible work.  Thinks that being a professional means that he is actually too qualified to write a novel, but does it anyway as a hobby.  Hopes that his hobby will lead to millions of dollars so he may retire.  Likely does not read anything other than memos and reports.  Is afraid of the dark.


Egocentric.  This person has experienced something personally memorable yet mundane, like childbirth, illness, a family death, etc., and wrote a memoir.  The idea could work if he or she were a celebrity, but this isn’t the case.  Thinks that odd spelling and sentence structures give the memoir an innovative voice. Believes that every person is a unique snowflake.  Does not realize that journaling would have been the better option.


Johnny Good Writer.  Tells a good story.  Knows how to write a good query and good synopsis.  Never graduates past being good.  Manages to write original ideas by almost exclusively using cliches.

Are there more than five stereotypical types?  Comment and tell us about it!

Will there be any commercials for novels during Super Bowl 47?

By , February 6, 2012 12:00 am

 

Are novels and commercials a successful mix?

 

No matter whether you found the commercials during Super Bowl 46 titillating or a bore, we can agree that soda, Progressive’s Flo, and Detroit got more screen time than novels.  Of course, that is nothing new for us.  Commercial advertisements for books seem limited to James Patterson (a money making mastermind) holding his latest construction and directly telling people to buy it.

 

While most authors who’ve “made it” traditionally have stayed away from making commercials, I have noticed during the past year that more and more indie authors are posting book trailers online.

 

Do you think that these trailers help indie authors?  Is it possible to create a creative commercial for a book that is worthy of $3.5 million dollars during the Super Bowl?

 

Tell us what you think!

Should you tell coworkers about your novel?

By , January 23, 2012 12:00 am

 

Can’t wait to tell someone about your productive weekend of writing and editing?  Speak at your own risk!

"Indie Bragging" Cartoon by MMRule

Halloween Cartoon for Writers

By , October 31, 2011 12:00 am

 

Happy Halloween!

Cartoon for Writers

"An Indie Halloween" by MMRule

Someone Cares and Always Will! Spam Inspiration!

By , October 10, 2011 9:00 pm

 

Feeling unappreciated?

No one tweeting about you?  No pending Facebook notifications?  Checking your work email after dinner just so you feel connected to others?  Do you feel like giving up on your blog?

 

No more! 

You are always connected to hundreds of people who care that you blog: the comment spammers!  Without you they have no purpose, so even when it seems like no one appreciates you, they do!

 

This post is dedicated to the absurd but strangely enjoyable spam comments we don’t mind reading.  Below are some of my favorites that actually lift my mood on a bad day.  Submit your own spam comments for us to enjoy!

 

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Oddly Specific Yet Vague

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Effort only fully releases its reward following a person will not quit.

 

Do You Lie When People Ask You What You Are Reading?

By , October 10, 2011 12:00 am


"Indie Anxiety" by MMRule

"Indie Anxiety" by MMRule

 

What are you reading?

While it may seem innocuous to ask someone what he or she is reading, I struggle to participate in the What are you reading? water cooler banter.

 

It may seem strange for me to say that I dread when people ask me what I’m reading.  As an aspiring author, I treat reading and writing like a second full time job.  But despite the amount of time I spend in front of paragraphs and pages, I find myself often embarrassed to admit what exactly I’m thumbing through in my spare time.

 

Are you an unconventional reader?

Since I’m working on the pacing and opening of my novel, my pleasure reading so far this month has included choice excerpts from On Writing; every scene in Carrie that involves Chris Hargensen; and the first chapter of the Exorcist, 1984, and every Stephen King novel I own.

 

Oh yeah, and I’m reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  At least that is what I told my dentist despite the fact that I haven’t had a chance to pick it up in weeks.

 

Do writers read like everyone else?

I love gulping down commercial novels and savoring literary fiction, but when I’m pressed for time and also trying to write and proofread, what I read is only for research.  I start with what I love and wish to emulate, and then I read and reread key sections with the intent of learning something about the craft of writing.

 

So how does that translate into casual dinner party banter?  Well, it doesn’t.

 

What is the solution?

My solution goes back to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It is important to always know your audience.  Read as you must and always have a good answer in your queue to share with the world.  There’s no need to stun people with the insanity of your writing process when you can just give a benign answer that gives them a smile before they move on with their day.

 

Are you an unconventional reader?

Do you ever stretch the truth or lie when asked what you’re reading?

Comment on this post and tell us about it!

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