Telling stories around the campfire. Plays and puppet shows. Scrolls. Books. Movies . . .
The only thing that changes is the technology. A the bottom is still an enjoyable story. Or not. Some things do fizzle, after all.
Right now we—both writers and readers—are in the middle of two major changes. Ebooks are roaring along, stealing readers away from the dusty paper things . . . with audiobooks gaining ground fast.
So, once we writers adapt to having our stories out in paper, ebook, and audio . . . what is going to come next?
How will we keep telling the stories in our heads?
Is it better than the pictures in the readers head? Will it break immersion and make the reader an observer instead of a participant? Only one way to find out.
And then there’s innovation in marketing.
Well, all right, there’s scrambling around trying to figure out how to connect with the readers who would like your stuff. How do you get enough name recognition to start the sales falling like dominoes?
What mostly works—so far as I can see—is having your books on bookstore shelves, writing a whole bunch, having an active on-line presence, word-of-mouth, and . . . uh . . .
Hmm. This is where we especially need some innovation.
An Indie Book Club?
A distributor who specializes in getting Indie books into book stores?
If I knew I’d be rich. Well, making a living as a writer.
In the mean time:
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/when-innovating-in-publishing-we-must-always-ask-why/ talks about a reader survey that probably isn’t terribly useful.
Is a survey worth looking at, whether you write romance or not.
Some writing advice that might help sales:
I’d never considered using the Table of Contents as part of the hook, since it is, after all, going to be seen in the “Look Inside” option.
I always just kept it short and basic. But I have to admit that:
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A Chat With a British Driver
Looks a lot more interesting than just Chapter One, Chapter Two . . . Hmm, I’ll have to think about this.
And think about the innovations that are here, that I’m not taking advantage of, and the ones yet to come.
Which means that as soon as I check out how to make audiobooks, I’ll have to check out state of the art home animation.
Just kill me now!