I can honestly say I have never finished a book this fast in my life, but thanks to having the flu for 2 weeks and being more or less couch/bed ridden, FALLEN was written in approximately 16 days. lol. 64,000 words, 32 chapters.
This was my first attempt at fantasy, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I can honestly say that having a detailed outline was what helped me stay on track and make sure I hit all the points that had to correspond with the original Romeo & Juliet.
If you havent checked it out yet, please do! And please feel free to let me know what you think! It is Young Adult, no sex or smut, unlike most of my other work lol. I was going for a totally new route with this one.
Anyone who reads, or writes for that matter, knows that there is no shortage of variation with regard to options to do either. Just as with film, the possibilities are endless, from fantasy, to romance, to real life drama. No matter your tastes, there is literally something for everyone.
But what are the most popular genres of books? Which tend to bring in the most money? Not that such information is likely to change a writers avenue of what they prefer to write about, or a readers preferences of what to indulge in during a cold winter night. But sometimes, information is just interesting....
Here are the top 5 money making book genres, according to www.therichest.com
This one admittedly surprised me, although it really shouldn't have. I love a good horror movie, so of course a just as thrilling horror novel would draw anyone in. Writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz are household names for having the unmatched ability to scare the hell out of us with their words and minds, with books such as Carrie, the Shining, and others some of the most iconic and terrifying ever know.
The HORROR genre brings in approximately $79.6 million a year.
4) SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
The sky is the limit...literally. There is no end to a writers imagination when it comes to science fiction and fantasy genres. Creating new worlds, new species, along with new characters can turn any typical story line in to something unique and awe inspiring. There is no age limit for this genre, with books such as the Harry Potter series meant for kids, but loved by all. For the mature audience, George Martin's Game of Thrones is the newest kid on the block, with the show a new obsession of many
This genre brings in $590.2million a year...leaps and bounds by its closest rival.
Again, this one shocked me. Granted, other than Dan Brown's infamous Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, etc, this isn't a genre I am overly familiar with. Beyond the fact that the bible is the worlds best selling, and most translated written work in history, newcomers such as Deepak Chopra have taken religion and faith to a new generation.
RELIGION works bring approximately $720 million annually to the publishing industry.
2) CRIME / MYSTERY
I can still remember my mother sitting on the couch each Christmas, with her new Mary Higgins Clark book and a box of chocolates. Her favorite genre next to romance, she was an avid reader of the works of MHC, and others. Authors such as John Grisham can bring a sense of drama to the courtroom, and a glimpse in to the word of crime that gives us the thrill of the underworld of humanity within the safety of our home homes.
CRIME and MYSTERY works bring in $728.2 million a year.
No surprise here. There is not a woman alive (and in many cases, man) who has not read a romance novel of some kind. Whether Harlequins, or new, humor tales of finding love in the modern age, everyone longs for love. Even if it is just on the page. All you have to do is say the name Danielle Steele, and everyone will know who you are talking about. With newcomers such as EL James taking a new, erotic twist to traditional romance, there is something for everyone who is looking for a little....companionship.
The ROMANCE genre bowls over the competition, brining in 1.44 billion a year.
Seeing the variation in the financial aspect of books and earnings is surprising, I have to admit. But, also, I dare anyone to find someone who hasn't read at least one book from each of these genres at some point. There is no shortage of work to please any palate, so I encourage you all to try something new. Read something of horror, even when you love romance. Or men, try a little love, even though to long for fantasy. Mix it up a little, and I bet you will find a new love.
There is no denying that the young adult market of literature is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. The power that young readers have within their unique market is astounding, as they have made authors such as JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare and Rainbow Rowell household names. This collection of individuals is the next generation of lifelong readers, and keeping them captivated from a young age with the written word allows them to continue this love into adulthood.
My usual genre of writing is the New Adult market: the Segway between young adult and adult, of college life, discovering yourself and a little bit of sex. But with my own latest work, I have turned my attention to a younger crowd, and in turn, am having to change my way of writing to better match what they would want to read.
But how does one write a book for this market? What aspects draw readers to the concept, and keep them turning the pages?
Here are some tips for writing for the Young Adult market!
1) Put yourself in their shoes
The most important point to remember in writing for this age group is to REMEMBER THE AGE GROUP. These are teenagers, usually running from the age of 12-17. And in turn, remembering what it was like to BE a teenager. The anticipation of adulthood. The endless opportunity. And the excitement that made it feel as though your heart may jump out of your chest. These personal memories can be translated onto the page, and better connect you with your readers. We have ALL been teenagers, and we can ALL relate to the emotions and hopes that we all felt. Tapping in to our own history can better our writing for this collection.
2) Make sure your topic is suitable
Even though young people now days are more exposed to sex, violence and the world than ever before, does not mean we should fill our pages with the same. Yes, it is reality. And yes, in some cases, these issues sell. But that doesn't mean we should further contribute to the loss of innocence through our writing. There are so many topics that teens can relate to that do not have to be so volatile. Your first heartbreak. Your experiences in high school. Even your first true betrayal by a friend, or even by yourself, are all things that can evoke the same emotion in a reader without the dramatics of headlines and news.
Teenagers feel things very intensely. I am sure we can all remember the feeling that our lives would end if our favorite band member met a partner, or if our boyfriend broke up with us. This intensity is most strongly translated in to romance, and darkness, two areas that this age group is discovering. Their own romantic lives are progressing, they are learning to navigate the opposite sex, and the first stings of heartbreak. These subjects are usually things that draw readers to a page, as they are so easily relatable for the reader.
Additionally, the same can be said for teens expressing their dark sides. The worlds of death and harm are more forward in their minds, and again, despite the less than appealing nature of some worlds, it is something relatable, and possibly educational when done respectfully, for this age group.
1) Make notes from your own teenage years. Think back on your own experiences, how you felt, what was important to you. These can help you better relate to your readers, as well as serve as inspiration for your work
2) Check out popular titles in this genre. There is no shortage of amazing works that even adults can fall in love with easily. Read a little bit of everything, from fantasy, to romance, to adventure. Find out what has already captured the readers hearts, and set the bar you will be looking to meet
3) Be authentic. I know this seems like a rather silly thing to mention, but consider your audience. Think of how you felt when reading certain things, and how sometimes you felt categorized. Try to convey realism to your readers, as well as themes of hope and possibility. This is what this group desires and feels, so be true to this.
The Young Adult market is thriving, making it one of the hardest groups to break in to. But there is no limit to the possibilities, no end to the promise this collection of readers holds.
Who knows? Maybe your book will become their lifelong favorite, well in to adulthood.
I am the first to admit that I am the worst at NOT writing. Whenever I finish a book, I promise myself to take a nice long break, clear my head, and rest. Writing, creating, and researching chapters and content is time consuming and sometimes tiring, and yet any time I take one of these breaks, they last little more than a week.
This time is no different. I finished Six Degrees only a couple weeks ago, and here I am starting a new work! But this time, it is something I have never written before. My usual genre is fan fiction and New Adult fiction...but this time, I've tried my hand at fantasy.
Fallen is a teen fiction fantasy take on William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet. Crossing angels with humans with one of the most iconic love stories in history, so say that this is a new challenge for me is an understatement.
I hope it all comes together as I have planned out, and in turn you enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it!
It finally happened! After months of sending out queries, searching literary agents and publishers, finding the perfect matches to your work, and enduring endless rejections, you finally find a silver lining…you got a manuscript request! It may be a partial, or may be a full, but either way, this small step forward leaves you feeling elated!
But wait…they don’t just want the manuscript. They also want a synopsis. Oh oh.
This is a typical addition that every publisher or lit agent will require along with your manuscript when they request more material after your query. This synopsis will give them a snap shot view of the work, before they take the time to read the slower, and more in depth progression.
What is a synopsis? How do you write one that will do your story justice? And why, oh why, did I not even know they would want this?
Well, in terms of not knowing agents or publishers would want a synopsis…don’t worry. I didn’t either until my first full manuscript request. This left me in a mini panic, pouring over my manuscript trying to pick out the details that were most gripping and substantial, and then editing and reediting to make it sound perfect.
But for the other questions, here is a little help.
What is a synopsis?
Basically, a synopsis is a short, usually one page, clear and concise summary of your complete book. This will require your overall story line, the arches and characters, and give the reader the basic, complete view of your book.
How do you write a synopsis?
Here are the main points of suggested elements to ensure you include:
Things to avoid in a synopsis:
Formatting is important!
When faced with a request for more material from a publisher or agent, after you finish with your excitement and squealing, you will be back to business ensuring you provide them with the best view of your book as you can. A clear, concise and impactful synopsis will be the first thing they read after your query, and could set the tone for how they view your manuscript as a whole. Following these tips can give you a starting point to creating a synopsis that grips the reader, and makes them desperate to know more…
And that is when they will jump in to your manuscript with baited breath!
Writers Digest. (2012). How to write a synopsis like a pro. Retrieved from http://www.writersdigest.com/editors-picks/learn-how-to-write-a-synopsis-like-a-pro
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