We’ve been discussing fiction writing. I encourage you to write romance fiction because it sells. Romances have sold for centuries and they’re unlikely to stop selling now.
But what if you can’t write romantic fiction? A couple of readers have asked that. The answer’s simple. You write what you’re inspired to write, always. Most fiction has some romance, so add a dash of romance to your mystery, or your fantasy, or whatever it is you’re writing. Readers like it.
Back when I started writing romances, they weren’t my favorite reading. I enjoy P.G. Wodehouse, the Victorian novelists, and crime fiction as written by authors like Reginald Hill. I wrote romances because I knew I could. Reading is reading, and writing is writing. When you read something, and this thought jumps into your mind: I could write that! – you almost certainly can, with a little study, practice, and creativity.
Now let’s talk about writing in series. Commit to writing in series if you can, because you’ll sell more.
1. Books in Series Sell More.
Here’s some wonderful advice from Russell Blake:
Write a series. Why? Because readers like series, and you want to give readers what they like. Or you won’t sell as much. You can try stand-alone – I have – but my series outsell my stand-alone books 4 to 1. Once you have at least three books in the series, make the first one free. Earn your income from the rest, but give readers a whole novel to decide whether they like you or not.
2. Series Are Easier to Write – You Won’t Procrastinate as Much.
I’ve written several series of erotica short stories for ghostwriting clients. I’m also writing a series of Regency novellas. I love writing in series. Here’s why. You know what you’re writing. You’ll get ideas for books two and three while you’re writing the first story.
With a standalone book, you build a world, and when the book’s done, it’s over. With a series, you inhabit that world with a range of characters, or one character over time, like Tom Jones. You can create a writing schedule, and it’s easy to stick to it. Your mileage may vary, of course.
3. You Can Sell Bundles.
Let’s say you write a series of short stories, and a novella. Each story has taken you just a day or two to write. You publish them, and when you’re done, you compile them all into a bundle, and sell it for slightly more than you sell your individual stories. As Russell Blake suggests, once you’ve published the series, you make the first story in the series permanently free.
Readers love bargains.
Your bundle will attract new readers, and build your catalogue on Amazon. Bundles are a way of marketing your books, without marketing.
Have fun with your fiction, whatever genres you’re writing. 🙂
Check out Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans too, if you’re interested in series and serials.
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