I walked into the book store the other day. Anyone who knows me, knows this isn't something new, nor something to be rushed. I always head directly to the Fantasy shelves. I look over the authors I know. I remember that I already have each book that catches my eye. I step back. So many books. The shelves look like chaos.
I scan to see what covers look appealing, but in the end I don't pick up a new book to read. Instead I'll head over to one of the books from those that have been interviewed on the Blog Ring of Power, or that have been suggested to me. More often then not, it's a YA novel of speculative fiction base. It makes me sad, even though I've picked up many great YA novels since the start of BRoP. (I admit I haven't picked up every book of every author we've interviewed.)
It's hard for me to get into a book that is completely new to me. Either by being from an author I don't know, or just a book I haven't heard about before. I'm sure I'm not alone in this.
So what makes a new book stand out above the others? What makes one author known more then another? The answer is, word of mouth. In all it's grand standing we sell our books by selling ourselves. The great author platform comes to play.
In the information age, social networking and gaining an audience is the only way to move forward. It's easy to interact, but it may not be as easy to know what you want to represent for your author platform. Perhaps you are writing two different genres or have two different pen names. What would you do then?
My suggestion would be to keep them separate Don't confuse the audience or they will find other things to distract themselves with. It may be a lot to handle, but then if your just starting out, start slow. One thing at a time. Focus on the one thing you love the most, when you have the niche and are confident with it, move to the next. Just make sure you keep up with the first one, even as you start the second.
So with going on the word of mouth theme. Can anyone suggest a good adult fantasy-non urban, for me? It's been a while since I've gotten into one of those. Thanks.