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Writers' Cafe / Re: Literary Fiction In Crisis...thoughts
« Last post by Herefortheride on Today at 12:22:14 AM »
As I said, I couldn't understand it. Something about looking at the highest ranks and seeing what there was a shortage of. How does that equate to not writing what I want to write?

You said "If I can't write what I want to write, there's just no point."

Who told you not to write what you want to write? Chris Fox certainly didn't.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I wrote a 30k word romance novella in 8 hours
« Last post by dgcasey on Today at 12:21:20 AM »
I'm totally going to dictate something...

Me, too. I think I'll start with a small country and move up from there.  ;)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Literary Fiction In Crisis...thoughts
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on Today at 12:18:13 AM »
Back in the eighties, the local writers' group I belonged to had an author who had written what she was told to write. She had a short story accepted by a  woman's magazine and through that, she found an agent. Said agent, after touting her books round several publishers, proposed that she meet with one of them to find out what they were looking for. It was a first world war romance type of thing and that's what she wrote (well she wrote a contemporary romance, picked it up and squeezed it into the early 1900s, but that's another story). She was given an advance of 200,000 for the book and a sequel. The first was a bestseller, because of the advertising the publishers did to get their money back. I don't think the sequel did nearly as well, and after that she went back to writing her own stuff and was never seen again.

So she was writing to market, but a publisher had to tell her what the market actually was.

The problem with writing to market for trad publishers is that it can take two years from acceptance to publication, by which time the market has usually changed  ::).
Most publishers are looking for the 'next new thing' but never know what that will be.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Literary Fiction In Crisis...thoughts
« Last post by Doglover on Yesterday at 11:47:11 PM »
It doesn't sound like you read it very well. He never said to write something you don't want to write. Write to Market just emphasized that if you give the readers what they want they will be more likely to buy more books. What part couldn't you understand? He essentially summed up things he'd learned from the Kboards.
As I said, I couldn't understand it. Something about looking at the highest ranks and seeing what there was a shortage of. How does that equate to not writing what I want to write?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: When a rewrite works.
« Last post by TobiasRoote on Yesterday at 11:41:58 PM »

But yeah, I resisted that gut feeling for a long time that there were serious problems with the book and I should take another look at it, but I'm glad I finally did. Don't fiddle with old books just out of insecurity or perfectionism or whatever, but if that inner voice is telling you there's something wrong and it doesn't go away, it's probably worth a look.

Yes, This!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Keep your back list selling and relax!
« Last post by Andie on Yesterday at 11:41:49 PM »
I've been thinking a lot about goals vs journeys.

If you're not enjoying the journey, you may need to revisit your goal and your path to reach it. You need to work with people who share your philosophy and jettison practices that you hate, especially if they don't bring you huge results. There is more than one path.

I need to print this and tape it to my forehead. Thank you.


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Xavier Fisher has done everything he was supposed to do. He got good grades, stayed out of trouble, and set himself up for a good life. He's getting his PhD in Genetics from Harvard. When he finds out his professor wants to kill billions of people, Fish sets out to stop him by any means necessary.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Literary Fiction In Crisis...thoughts
« Last post by Herefortheride on Yesterday at 11:31:56 PM »
I agree. As to writing to market, I read Chris Fox's book on the subject and couldn't understand it. Then I tried out what I couldn't understand and was so bored, I only managed 26,000 words before I fell asleep. If I can't write what I want to write, there's just no point.

It doesn't sound like you read it very well. He never said to write something you don't want to write. Write to Market just emphasized that if you give the readers what they want they will be more likely to buy more books. What part couldn't you understand? He essentially summed up things he'd learned from the Kboards.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing Outside the Box.
« Last post by Fferyllt on Yesterday at 11:31:00 PM »
Whoa! Dade County Pine -- like trying to drive a nail into concrete. Your books take me back to gunkholing around the Keys with my dad, a fisherman to rival anything Hemingway could write. And your musical buddy is terrific -- when I was a journalist in South Florida, we used to hang in bars with musicians like that after diving all day on the reefs. Nice outside-the-box marketing!
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