Just saw THIS article today. It appears as if young readers are stimulating the publishing industries growth with eBooks. Fantastic! Now we have middle aged women and kids on the eBook trend. Now if only we could get a demographic that I care about, the SciFi/Fantasy nerds, to jump into the game. Then I would be all set.
Come on nerds. Adopt the new technology already!
I’m going to do a bit of complaining, so bear with me. It is time we move past jabs at Twilight. Specifically the “vampires don’t sparkle” one. Not because I want to defend Stephanie Myer. Far from it. It is just that the jokes have turned into cliche.
Since the release of Twilight, I have read too many stories about or containing vampires that have a little quip against Twilight. The first were funny, but now it feels like pandering to me. And what does that end up doing? In my opinion it will cheapen your vampire lore. Not to mention you inadvertently tie it to those books. This may even have the nasty side effect of taking your reader out of the story. Sure they’ll have a chuckle, but then they’re thinking about a story that isn’t your own.
Personally, I’d rather keep them focused on my world.
Consider it this way. Let your vampire stand on its own merit. Give the reader something new about that fabled monster. Wow them with your take on the concept. This is your time to shine, don’t spoil it with another writers vision.
And rest assured, readers and reviewers will make a Twilight connection for you. But hopefully, after they’re done with your book and thinking about it in retrospect.
Your vampires don’t sparkle. Got it. But I’m not interested in what they are not doing. I want to read about what they are doing. That sounds better, right? Write.
Well, it was bound to happen. I missed my first update since dedicating every Monday-Wednesday-Friday to the blog. But those things are bound to happen from time to time. My reason is that I’m getting knee deep into my novel. As of last night I breached 30k words and I’m on the down slope to my goal of 50k.
So, the novel is coming along really well. Last night I had sat down to transcribe chapter 10 from my notebook. I knew it was going to need a lot of work to make things flow better so I began editing. The next thing I knew, two different scenes than I had written popped up and chapter 10 was entirely different. So what I had originally written for 10 was moved to 11 and 11 has been moved to 12.
I guess that is the creative process.
I’m going to keep cracking on the book. The second half is going to be a bit harder I think. It is when things are going to get a bit crazy. The mid point takes a very drastic shift in tone from the beginning, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to having my critique group get a hold of it.
What is selling on Amazon? That’s a big question. Looking at Amazon right now, in the top 10, you see mostly Suspense/Thriller and Romance. And mostly a combination of those three. Right now, “The Hunger Games” trilogy is eating up the top spots. But we can figure the reason for that is the movie coming up.
But even those have a certain level of suspense.
I wish I could find the article again, but the latest polls show that the majority of eBook readers are women over forty. Which this demographic, in majority, read what? Yeah, thrillers and romances. Now we can see a correlation as to why the top ten is the way it is.
Let’s also take a look at two of the top performing self-publishers to grace Amazon. J. A. Konrath and Amanda Hocking. Writers of thrillers and paranormal-romances respectively. So what can I take from that? That it may not be the quality of their work that is driving their sales, but the genre in which they write.
People are clamoring for this stuff. They can’t get enough of it. And I don’t begrudge this demographic for liking what they like. It is just unfortunate that the genres that I write and read are not having the same pull.
Which is rather funny to me. SciFi/Fantasy readers tend to be early adopters to new technology. Go to Dragon*Con, Gen Con, and PAX and I guarantee you’ll see more iPhones in one place than you’ll see for the rest of your life. We love our tech. So why haven’t the majority of us moved to eReaders?
Whatever that answer is, thrillers and romance novels dominate Amazon. If you’re looking to make the BIG BUCKS through self-publishing, don’t look to SciFi/Fantasy. I’m not saying you can’t make a living from your work. I’m just saying I can’t see you pulling down 100k in a single month.
At least not yet.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to write my YA-SciFi-Horror novel. And after that? Maybe a paranormal-romance. Just for kicks, right? Write.
Last night I wrote a difficult scene. Not because it was hard to figure out, but because of my emotional investment into the character. Which is a wonderful experience. It means I’m starting to understand and see my main character as a real person. I want to see him attain his hopes and dreams just as mush as he does.
Unfortunately for him, I have to put a few road blocks in his way.
And in the current chapter, things turned a little more serious. My main character, Wil McEnroe, is loosely based off myself and my experiences growing up. Thankfully, I didn’t have it as hard as him. While I was bullied in school, I was never bullied to this extent. Working up the chapters, it had been verbal. Mostly names and jokes at my expense.
But in Chapter 9, things turned physically violent. I hated to do it to him. Especially in the circumstances that it happened. But I know, for his sake, that it is something that needed to happen.
I suppose what made it difficult was that I had been in his position emotionally. Feeling betrayed and alone.
Ultimately, I’m interested in seeing how my critique group reacts to this particular scene. It is pretty heavy for the tone of the book so far. But I feel that I’ve sewed enough that it felt like it was coming. Only time will tell.