This week, our theme is writing Kindle fiction. However, we don’t just want to write and publish it. We want to write and SELL our ebooks.
Will your fiction sell? Read about the fiction writer’s bonanza here, and you’ll see people can and do make a respectable living selling fiction in 2013. Whether you’re a new writer, or are an experienced pro, you can sell fiction.
A digression: if you wish, you can ghostwrite fiction for others. I’ve done a lot of ghostwriting, over the past couple of years. I enjoy it, and it pays well. You can make $20,000 per book, if you don’t mind turning all rights in your work over to the people who hire you.
“Fiction” covers a lot of ground. You can write short stories or novels, in dozens of genres. How do you know what will sell?
The key to selling your Kindle fiction: sell what people are buying RIGHT NOW
When I started writing romance novels in the late early 1980s, it took around two years for a novel to move from plot to print. That meant that if you wrote what was currently selling, those books had been commissioned two years previously. So if you wrote what was selling now, by the time your book appeared in two years, that genre might be out of fashion.
These days, you can publish as fast as you can type. So, if you see a book in a genre at the top of the Kindle bookstore’s bestseller lists, and start writing, your book will sell, because readers want more of what they’re reading.
Here’s a simple process to write what will sell.
Check the Kindle bestsellers list;
Choose a genre in which to write (romance, erotica, mystery, thriller etc) from that list;
Read some ebooks in that genre so that you know what readers expect;
Lather, wash, rinse, repeat – publish at least FIVE ebooks in your chosen genre before you switch to another.
Trust yourself: brainstorm, then write
Professional writers subscribe to the carpenter’s dictum: measure twice, cut once. In writer’s terms: we prewrite, then we write. See the Easy-Write 3 process.
You can brainstorm whenever you get stuck, or you can brainstorm everything. I like to brainstorm everything from titles and character names, to motivation and ideas for locations.
There are many ways to brainstorm. If you’re not familiar with brainstorming, here’s an excellent article to get you started.
I do a lot of brainstorming, in every draft. I FORCE myself to come up with ideas. There’s a reason for this. The first idea which pops into your head might be great. However, that’s unlikely. It’s much more likely that the tenth, or 20th idea, will be just what you need.
Therefore, once you’ve completed tasks #1 to #3 on the above list, BRAINSTORM before you start writing.
I brainstorm everything and then I write, even if I think I know what I want to write. There’s a reason for this: writing fiction is a subconscious process. As Kris Rusch says here:
Writing is a subconscious art, not a conscious one. You heard your first story before you could speak, so your subconscious knows a lot more about writing than your conscious brain ever will.
You’ll find your own way of writing. Brainstorming kickstarts your subconscious mind. Brainstorm, then write, and trust what you’re writing.
Write your first draft straight through, without tinkering.
You can tinker later. If you tinker and make changes while you’re writing, you’ll get so confused you won’t finish. Getting words up onto the computer screen is the hard part. Once that’s done, everything else is easy. So, make as many notes as you like, but once you start writing, keep to the brainstorm/ write process, until you get to the end, whether you write 10,000 words or 100,000 words.
In 2013, if you write it, you can sell your fiction. So, start writing – write what’s selling.
There’s a new version of the Easy-Write Process which will help you to get those words written.
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