The Novel Journey: Pricing

As part of my Novel Journey, I have been researching the world of lesfic publishing as a whole. Marketing and business consulting is my day job so it’s second nature to me to explore and investigate the industry and ask questions. Recently, I’ve been looking at a key component of book buying and selling: price.

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The Novel Journey: The process

Today I (finally) started to work on my new novel; The Hunt.

As I previously mentioned, work has been very busy lately and so writing had to take a backseat. However, I now have a much clearer schedule ahead of me and  I’m looking forward to this new project.

I’ve had a few people ask me what my process is when I write so I thought I would go ahead and explain how I go about it. It’s important to note that all writers are very different. This is just what I have found that works for me. I know there are a lot of articles out there that explain how each and every step of the writing process works. I’ve largely ignored all of these. Personally, I think it’s all too easy to get lost in the “how” and to never actually get into the “doing”.

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The Novel Journey: The start

It’s been a while since I lasted posted about my novel journey and that had mainly been down to time. There have been periods in my writing life where I have managed to squeeze in huge amounts of writing. Tens of thousands of words into a few weeks. I wrote a million words of free fan fiction in just over a year. But lately there has been a lot going on. New businesses to launch, new clients to work with, a new house to decorate and lots of business travel.

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A Novel Journey: The churn

As part of my novel writing journey, I’ve spent the last few weeks doing some market research into the world of lesfic and I’ve come to a, possibly unpopular, conclusion. And that is that the churn in the lesfic world is frighteningly huge.

When I say churn I mean the investment kind and not the butter kind. But, what do I mean by this? I mean that it seems to be very common for some lesfic authors to mass-produce books with little care as to the quality of the final product. This can range from issues with editing, presentation or just the storyline being a repeat of their previous novels.

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A Novel Journey: The spark of an idea

Ideas generally come to me. It’s very rare that I find myself completely without ideas when it comes to writing. I can’t remember a single time when I have sat and actively thought about ideas, willing them to life. They usually arrive in my brain quite spontaneously, and often when I am doing something out of my usual routine.

Flight SQA016 appeared in my mind because I have flown first class and could see the interesting dynamic between potential characters. I like to see how other people’s lives work and, as we all know, an airport is a fantastic place to people-watch.

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A Novel Journey: Which genre to write?

So, here I am, just a day into my new novel writing journey and one thought is preoccupying me. Which genre shall I write?

I’m sure a lot of people go into novel writing with an idea already formed, or at least some idea of the direction they intend to go in. As this is an entirely new project…I have no idea.

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A Novel Journey

So, I wrote a novel. In fact, I wrote two. But those novels were based on a fanfiction story that I had never intended to publish. Imagine my surprise when I was told by my publisher that I’d written a romance novel. It’s a strange feeling to be told that you accidentally wrote a romance novel.

And now…I have the bug. Well, sort of. I like to write, I would rather write than read. Which is a strange thing for an author to say. In fact, I hardly ever read books myself. This is considered something of a sin in the industry, not to mention complete madness. Any writing guide you pick up will immediately tell you to read as much as you can. I don’t do that and I can’t see myself changing.

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