Series Opener Syndrome

The series is, as a format, one of the holy grails of commercial fiction. It lets you lock in a readership for consecutive books, allows for a fandom, and of course gives you an excuse to push for a multi-book deal with a publisher. This explains pretty succinctly why it’s done so poorly so frequently … More Series Opener Syndrome

Reader Experience

Reader experience is one side of the writing coin, and as such is quite important. There is another, that of the creation of deeper meaning, and that side will be addressed in its own due time. With regard to the former, the temptation for many writers is to write a story they like, throw it up on Amazon, and watch the money roll in. This ignores a fundamental reality, namely that people don’t buy books for your entertainment. They don’t care about you, they’ll never care about you, and they by all rights shouldn’t care about you. You’re the cow – you make the milk they drink – and no one should love their cow. Ok, that got out of hand. But! They buy books for their entertainment, or perhaps more accurately for the experience your book offers them. Thus, if you’re writing with even a passing eye to commercial purposes or the creation of a book that is good in the minds of the rest of the world, the reader’s experience must be part and parcel of your everyday practice of writing (though, I strongly recommend against actually making writing a practice undertaken every day). … More Reader Experience