Dystopian fiction is more popular than it has been in more than 50 years. Whether it's the result of political turmoil, global financial crises, or other anxieties, readers are craving books about ruthless governments and terrifying worlds. To mark the movie release of the most popular of this new wave of books, The Hunger Games, GoodReads.com examined the history of the dystopian genre to see how it has evolved and why it's so popular today.
One of the best parts about being a book blogger is getting to know the folks who run other book sites and blogs. Although many of us are competing for the same audience, our common love of reading and books almost always trumps any desire to jockey for viewers. In addition, there are so many awesomely talented and creative book bloggers it's hard not to be impressed and inspired by their work. One of the sites we particularly admire is Reedsy. They offer a range of services for authors but as you can see from the infographic we're sharing, they also have a fun and extremely creative blog as well. Enjoy.
At some point, every self-published author gets to a point in their book writing and publishing process when they begin thinking about the cover. For many authors, it can be one of the most stressful parts of the entire process, even more so if it’s your first book. Despite the fact that most authors have seen thousands or even tens of thousands book covers over the course of their life, few have ever given any thought as to how they’re created. For many, facing the prospect of developing a visually pleasing book cover that will actually help sell books makes them feel like they fell out of the clueless tree and hit every stupid branch on the way down. No worries though, our buddies at Reedsy reached out awhile back to share a handy infographic that breaks down the entire book cover design process into seven easy steps. And, being the “givers” that we are, we decided to share it with you, our loyal readers. Enjoy.
As an author, very few things are as exciting as seeing your book sales do well. Of course, "doing well" is a relative term. For a new, self-published author, a few hundred books feels pretty good and a few thousand might just make you pee your pants. Then there are the mega-authors. The people who rack up a few thousands sales while they nap. We've all heard the numbers for folks like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Dan Brown but what does that really look like? Let's find out.
One of the hardest things to do as an author is pin down exactly who your readers are. Sure, you probably have a rough idea but without solid information, you're really just guessing. Not to worry, we've got an infographic for you that breaks down all kinds of useful information about readers across three major categories. After all, the more you know about the people buying your books, the better chance you'll have of writing something they'll be interested in.
There's nothing like that feeling when you first start a book and it grabs you right from the beginning. We've all experienced that to some degree but some are certainly more memorable than others. As authors, the question becomes how in the hell do you do that for your own book? What's the magic formula that will pull a reader in right from the start? It's not easy, that's for sure. If it were, everyone would do it. That said, we thought it might be helpful to review how some of the most famous books ever written did it. Let's have a look.
Every writer has faced it. That awful feeling of staring at a blank computer screen without a single coherent thought in your head. No matter how much you try, you just can't generate anything good. Wouldn't it be great if someone surveyed writers to find out how they overcome writer's block? Then once they have all the data, it would be even cooler if they created a cool infographic using the data from the survey. Hmmmm, if only...
Haven't you always secretly wished you could be Iron Man? Or maybe you're more into Spiderman, Captain America or even Superman. Seriously, who doesn't want to be a superhero? It would be so cool to have awesome superpowers, right? What if you already did and just never realized it? What if you had book marketing superpowers? We think you do and we're here to help you figure out what those powers are. Who knows, maybe you have more than one.
Coming up with a catchy title for your book would seem pretty easy compared to actually writing the darn thing. For some authors however, it can be challenging to say the least. You want it to be interesting and clever but also want to make sure it's going to encourage people to click that ever-important buy button. The infinite number of possibilities and factors to consider can be overwhelming. Fear not. We've got an infographic that will give you plenty of examples to help you figure a perfect title for your book. Enjoy.
You've finished your first novel and now you're trying to figure out a strategy for getting it published. But the more research you do the more it seems like there are no right answers just lots of opinions. It's enough to make your head hurt. No worries, though. We've got an Amazon bestselling author on staff that's been down the same road, learned from her mistakes and figured out how to sell a ton of books. We asked her to respond to some of the most common strategies we've heard from new authors. Let's listen in...