As an author, you’re no doubt aware of the growing trend of consumers reading books on devices other than paper. According to Nielsen, nearly 70% of U.S. adult book buyers read on an e-reader or on a tablet. That’s some serious numbers! It’s likely that many of these people have been influenced by the ever-growing library of e-books available on these devices.
With so much competition, it’s essential that you develop the ability to write a terrific book that will draw in your readers. You obviously don’t need to concern yourself with writing a traditionally styled novel that follows a set structure and formula – instead, you should try your hand at anything and everything!
The Best Story Tells A Story
Let’s face it – no matter what genre you choose, your story is only as good as its weakest link. Your plot, your characters, and even your vocabulary must all serve a purpose in order to keep your reader engaged. If any of these elements are lacking, the whole story falls apart. Consider every aspect of your writing, from the opening line to the closing punctuation mark, and make sure that each one serves the overall purpose of your book.
Nowadays, you can find very high-quality e-books for just about any taste – from romance to thrillers, from mysteries to science fiction, from historical fiction to contemporary issues. So instead of working with a traditional publisher, why not try to find an independent contractor who can help you reach your audience? By doing so, you’ll have the chance to try out different techniques and formats, all of which can help you hone your craft.
Create A Genre That You Know How To Market
It’s essential to understand the various markets that your book will fall into. In terms of e-books, you can’t simply write a generic thriller and expect it to attract the attention of a certain audience. You need to find out what interests your target audience and then determine whether or not you’ll include content that appeals to them. For example, if you’re writing a romance novel, you might consider including some tips on how to woo your man or woman love interest.
Before making any rash decisions, take a closer look at your target audience and what will make them interested in your book. In most cases, it’s a good idea to try to write for as broad an audience as possible, meaning that you should include content that appeals to people of all ages, genders, and interests. In order to effectively reach this audience, you’ll need to create a story that is easy to understand and will hold their attention. From the get-go, your story should capture the imagination of your reader, piquing their interest and making them want to learn more.
Find A Place For Everything Important
It’s essential to have a clear place for everything in your story. After all, you don’t want to waste your reader’s valuable time getting lost in a tangle of notes and half-finished sentences. From the opening line to the closing line, everything must contribute to the flow of the story and the smoothness of your writing.
To help you create the perfect flow for your story, take out a piece of yellow legal paper and make a list of all the important details you want to include. Next, make a list of all the key scenes you want to develop. Finally, make a list of all the important characters (make sure you include the ones from secondary characters).
Once you have your lists ready, you can start to piece the story together. It’s extremely important to leave no stone unturned when developing the plot of your book because there are a ton of elements that can make or break your story. Remember: the best story tells a story!
Make Sure Your Story Is As Tasty As It Can Be
The best stories are usually the ones that are highly engaging and leave the reader craving more. As an author, you know what content you want to include in your book. But just because you have an idea of what you want to write about, that doesn’t mean that your story will be perfect. After all, you can’t expect your characters to act in a way that is consistent with your wishes – this would make your story rather mundane, wouldn’t it?
As an independent contractor, you can always find a traditional publisher who’ll give you feedback on your rough draft, but it’s a good idea to explore different ways of finding an audience and making sure that they’ll love what you write. Why? Well, like I said, the best stories usually leave the reader craving more. And what’s one of the best ways of ensuring that your reader stays interested? By including extra material!
In ancient times, stories were considered to be sacred, meant to be shared only with the most important of people. These stories usually involved heroes, gods, and mythical creatures doing battle with each other, with the humans caught in the crossfire. Nowadays, we don’t really follow this tradition, but it’s still a good idea to write what will hopefully amount to be the best story you can possibly write. Remember: your story is for you, for your readers, and nothing more. It’s what you make of it!