Friday, January 24, 2014

Do You Search For Your Fans

One of the suggestions I've heard over and over I have been working on...find your fans. Not an easy thing to do in our genre-much easier in the romance one.

When your a woman writing fantasy fiction there aren't as many female readers out there. I know, it's hard to believe, but true. Unless, of course, there's romance involved. We do have romance in our books, but not to the extent that most romance readers look for. It's not all about the love story in ours, it's about Stevie's journey and becoming the Guardian in Djenrye.

For me I can't understand why women want to only read these types of stories, but that's just me. I want action and adventure, and epic worlds, not the same story over and over, but with a pirate one book, and a vampire in the other. But I am a fantasy/scifi freak.

If you write in another genre, besides romance, it can be tough searching where your fan types congregate. I have been looking into getting reviews from people that do that for say Amazon or Goodreads, or even looking it to critic sites for my particular genre. But I would love to find the big fans of fantasy.

I know of several people who didn't normally read fantasy but tried our book Fable anyway and really liked it. In fact some have become big fans of ours, which is really nice.

So if any of you writers who read my blog have any hints as to where to find fantasy/scifi fans let me know. I know they're out there! Or if you have any other way I can reach out to them, I would love to know. Just asking!

I think our story is building great and I believe you will really like the next books in our two series. Stevie will soon find out that in the Djen world it's not all rosy. There is a dark side and she will soon discover some truths that even the Djen don't know about. Lore should be a must read!

Lineage, the next compendium, will be about the Andrones and how they came to be cousins of the Wood Elves. There will be more scifi elements in this book.

So, you see there's lots more to tell and hopefully you all will enjoy where the story takes you.

Do you have a hard time finding the fans of your genre? Leave me a comments and fill me in! Until next week, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Lisa

6 comments:

  1. I wish I knew! Having a hard time with that myself! :D

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    1. Yeah, you and I are in the same genre Shay, it's tougher for us unfortunately. If you find out let me know and I will do the same! ;-)

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  2. Wish I could help you, Lisa. Glad you're sticking to your gumption. You don't want your characters to be predictable. You want them to be on the edge, just like you want your readers to be, as they digest each chapter. Blessings.

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    1. That's the plan Johnny, but sometimes you have to remind yourself that your main character needs to go through conflict lol! They become a part of you!

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  3. Knowing who your fan base is and finding those fans is important for successful, economic marketing. Sending 100,000 mailers about your work to the random population is less likely to have any good sales impact than sending mailers to 100 known fans of your genre. One good thing about blogging is that it can help you compile a useful marketing list. An author needs to find fans for their genre by focusing on niche marketplaces first. A fantasy author would do better to reach out to that market that the mystery fan market unless there is an obvious crossover connection. Once you've dug solidly into a marketplace that appreciates your work then you might try reaching out to other potential fans. Let the easier sales finance speculative outreaches to broaden your customer base.

    Did you read any of the marketing posts from our What Works... blog event earlier this week? There was some very valuable information that authors--especially those who are self-published--can use to promote their work.


    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Thanks Lee and I will got check that out on your site. This is what I've been working on, I hope I find them soon lol!

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