What Readers Said . . .
I love the way this woman writes!
Very descriptive and one of the most unique stories I have ever read.
~ By Karen Moore – 5 Star Review published on Amazon.com
on 27 April 2017
Personal Development and Transformation
If you are writing non-fiction books, you normally know quite easily what your genre is. The genre is basically the category under which your title appears on online sales platforms that sell books, eg. Amazon. It’s also the shelf where you’d be looking for a book you want to read in a normal physical book store. If you’ve written a cookbook, there’s no doubt where you’d find it. If your 10-year old wants a book on horses, you know exactly where to look.
With literature and fiction it can be that easy as well – but it not always is. When you’ve written a romance novel or a thriller – no problem. It may be a historical romance novel or a supernatural thriller, but these attributes only classify within the basic genres, and it is very clear what these are: romance and thriller. In that sense, you’ll always know where to find Harry Potter or books by Stephen King. (Yes, yes . . . this also has to do with branding, but this happens over time, once you combine following your passion with writing for a niche.)
But sometimes – especially in the beginning as I hear from many colleagues – the lines between genres are shifting. So if you’ve written a fiction novel that entertains, informs and teaches without being a typical ‘how-to’ book that would belong into the non-fiction category, you may have difficulties in finding your ideal ‘niche’ – not to speak of the overwhelming weight of competing writers that just scare you away! You may well know your target market, your audience and readers, but you still have to choose wisely in order to be ‘searchable’ resp. ‘findable’ for all those people who are looking specifically for your book or books in your genre. My choice wasn’t easy in that sense, either . . .
While my debut novel, “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” (pronounced ‘pew-pew’ which is explained in the story) dives deeply into the mystery of life and death and everything inbetween, with its main female protagonist, Anata, moving along a path of spiritual awakening, personal development and transformation, the writing itself contains many elements of ‘magical realism‘. The fact, however, is, that all my work – whether in Fine Arts or Screenplay Writing and now including my fiction novel – has these exact elements! It’s just the way I see – and have always seen – our temporary existence here on Earth, as a spiritual being in physical form. I wrote about this in my article during the Magical Realism Bloghop in 2016:
“I cannot imagine a reality without magic.”
~ Bianca Gubalke
Meanwhile I had to reformat the book to get the page count down – which increases the price of the book as soon as you sell beyond the Amazon platform – and I will soon publish the second edition. This gave me the opportunity to target more precise . . .
YES! There will be a surprise! Well . . . perhaps you saw it coming?So watch this space and I’m looking forward to your valued feedback!
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