Quick Share!

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You might have heard the advice, “Don’t chase the market.” That’s good advice, as a general idea, but many people misunderstand it and think that it means that you should not write for a specific audience. Here’s the thing… Your audience is not the market.

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6 Responses to Quick Share!

  1. acflory says:

    Mary Robinette Kowal is one of my favourite new authors and she makes a valid point, for traditionally published authors. It doesn’t feel quite right for indies though. We have to pitch directly to our audience, and they’re not in a neat, accessible box.

    • You’re right that her specific take on it is directed towards traditionally published authors, but the idea applies equally well to indie authors.

      I’ve seen a lot of indie authors advising others on how to get enough sales to make a living. For them, it’s all about the volume. They churn out a lot of poor quality books and try to get as many people to follow their work as possible. They chase the market.

      That approach will work in the short-run, but eventually the low quality is going to catch up with them. And it’s not a simple matter to enhance quality when you’re chasing the market, because you end up writing things that do not fit your talents or interests.

      This, of course, doesn’t apply to you. That’s not what you’re doing at all. But there are plenty of indie “sell-outs” too.

      • acflory says:

        Yes, that’s true. I remember being horribly shocked on LinkedIn when so many ‘authors’ boasted about churning out a book a month or something equally horrible.

        No writer can do that and produce anything even remotely like ‘quality’.

        I accept that these are the pitfalls of being an indie author but, sometimes I get so angry that all of us are derided because of the greed of a few. Okay, not a few, a lot, but you know what I mean.

      • Yeah, I’ve seen those boasts, too. I wholeheartedly agree you cannot produce a quality book that way. Sadly enough, that kind of “churning” isn’t limited to indies. There are some book lines that have a similar approach that are traditionally published.

        The thing about being an indie now is that you are in the crunch of a market in flux. Things will shake loose and settle down, eventually. They always do. In the meantime, there are plenty of people who are resisting change and that means resisting indie publishing.

        It’s not an excuse, just an explanation. There are bad apples on both side of things.

        And there’s people like me who is interested in going where the market takes me: independent or traditional. It doesn’t much matter to me. I read both and I’m willing to write both. Both serve a purpose that the other cannot serve at this time.

      • acflory says:

        I think I just hate anything that’s mass produced to a ‘formula’. I’ll probably be jumped on for saying this but, that’s one reason I hardly ever read romance. I know there are exceptions in every genre but romance seems to be particularly formulaic. 😦

      • Well, to a certain extent, stories are formulaic by nature: beginning, middle, end; introduction, development, conclusion. Whatever you call it, there’s a pattern to storytelling.

        However, I’ve heard that romance novels have a very specific formula to follow, at least certain ones of them do. They have to kiss by page 5, be in bed by page 20, ect. I don’t know what the formula is, but there definitely is one.

        I don’t go for that, either. Besides, I prefer stories that’s about romance and relationships, not sex.

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