Is it your goal to get traditionally published? Well, it starts with figuring out what people are reading. Believe me, it’s no fun writing a 90,000 word western only to realize that no one’s reading that genre anymore. Becoming a savvy writer requires you to work in reverse. Here’s how:
- Visit Amazon and identify the top sellers for the current year and month. I would not recommend researching top sellers for the week or day. Many authors encourage their readers to purchase during a specific window so that they can claim “best seller” status. (More on this in another blog.)
- Examine the New York Times Best Sellers list.
- Research which genres are anticipated to be hot this year.
- Now, make a list of content or story ideas that closely align with your research.
- Prepare a one-page synopsis or a query letter and submit it to a publisher. You can use the Writer’s Market Guide or the Christian Writers Market Guide to find publishers looking for your content.
- If a publisher is interested, congratulations! Jump, scream, have a toast, and celebrate. Well done, and now it’s time to follow through and write that book.
If you need a writing coach, help drafting a query letter, or someone to brainstorm with, we can help. We’ve done some of the work for you; listed below are the top three fiction and nonfiction genres of 2021:
Most Popular Fiction Genres
- Science Fiction
Most Popular Nonfiction Genres
- Memoir & Autobiography
So, what are you writing this year?
Taking that step toward authorship can be scary. Feel the fear and do it anyway. When you are ready, we will be right here holding your hand and guiding you every step of the way. Your first step is to take advantage of a free consultation with our experienced experts. If you have questions, we have the answers. http://www.Calendly.com/meetwithterri/Free
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