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- Publication Date: February 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AX23B4Q
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I've been guilty of it myself: I came up with an awesome idea for a story. I loved the idea, and just knew it would resonate with people. I wrote the book. And - it's a good book. People who've read it love it.
But not a lot of people read it. The reason why is that I wrote the book for myself as the audience, without stopping to consider what the readers OUT THERE in the world were actually looking for.
Some writers do that and happen to land a hit. I've had books get lucky that way too. But wouldn't it be better if you instead analyzed what readers were looking for before you started working on the story?
Good stand up comics tailor their routines to their audiences. The people producing blockbuster films (that succeed) usually plan their film, carefully tailoring it to hit the audience in just the right ways. We prose writers can do the same thing.
Chris's book isn't some sort of half-baked shortcut to fame and fortune. You'll still need great writing skills. You'll still need to work hard (in fact, he's tossing MORE work on the pile with his excellent exercises - thanks, Chris!). But this book shows us how to work smarter, and write more effectively through learning what our readers are looking for and targeting those interests and desires that are most likely to resonate.
I sincerely don't think any novelist or other fiction writer today can afford to pass on this book.
The tone and style of writing--ie, the voice--annoy me. Why does everyone who writes a book about writing or marketing these days think they need to write it so that 12-year-olds can understand it? Realistically, people who buy books like these are regular readers. Most have been to university, and all of them graduated high school. So stop watering down the material with this inexplicable fear that you might scare off a few stray idiots.
Why can't I have a book about writing or marketing that uses the language of an educated adult? Is that really too much to ask? I would gladly pay 20 dollars for a writing or marketing book that doesn't tip-toe around complex concepts. I want DEPTH. I want STATISTICS. I don't want cutesy anecdotes or reductive analogies. WHERE ARE YOU?
Having said that, the book does raise a few critical, very legitimate points and can definitely help people. Certainly there are worse things than 4-dollar books that provide information which could earn someone hundreds more.
One note: The book is very much focused on using Amazon for the bulk of your research. Hardly any of the book touches on using iTunes or another ebook distributor as a source of research. Given that Amazon is far and away the top ebook seller, this isn't surprising, but if you're expecting to hear about how to write to market that cover the entirety of the ebook market, this book won't quite get it done since it's heavily oriented toward Amazon. Some may see this as a feature or a bug, depending, but thought you'd like to know. I'd highly recommend this book in any case.
I'm part of a few Facebook groups and a member of a high-price point training. In those groups I've always heard the words "write to your market" or the saying "meet genre expectations," but I never fully understood what they meant, so instead of asking questions I went along trying to keep some of the stuff in mind while going forward to write my own things.
As I alluded to in saying my second favorite Author Education book above, I'm not afraid of getting in the trenches and writing my stories. But I was at the crossroads where I needed to make a choice on how to move forward, because this business had become rather expensive to maintain. It was quickly coming to a point where I needed to decide whether I wanted to pursue this as a business, or just say screw it and leave it as a hobby. Both are fine answers, but by doing so my mindset will inevitably change. This book helped shift my thinking and is forcing me to reevaluate what I did wrong (it's clear as day the way Chris explains it,) and how I can make it right. Both with my old books and with all of my new ones.
I really wish this book would've been available sooner, but it seems (by reading the book) that Chris was learning the lesson the same time I was. In any case, the book has already proven to be a mind changer, and I expect it to fully be a business changer as well.
Chris already had a fan for life. With this he also gained a cheerleader. If you are an author and wonder why your books aren't selling, give this book a shot. It may be short, but the content in these 80 or so pages may just change your life.