I write for a living. Writing and reading are what I love to do most. So I figured I’d throw down some of the most important books which changed my thinking and shaped the writer and man I am today. There isn’t a doubt in my mind I forgot a book on this list but these are the ones that rose to the top first.
Many successful (and unsuccessful) authors have to make a choice about what camp they’re going to sit in. Usually, though, that choice is made for them. When an author writes a fantasy book, and it becomes successful, he’ll forever be known as a fantasy author. It would behoove him to keep writing fantasy if he wants more success. These genre authors are usually scoffed at by elitists and pretentious writers. Which, I shouldn’t have to say, is pointless and cruel.
However, when I first began writing, I never intended to be pigeon-holed, come hell or high water. There are writers who love a genre so much they never want to leave. Others, like myself, would rather just be a writer and leave it at that. But most writers start out not wanting to write one genre but are forced into like I mentioned previously.
One of the greatest mistakes a fiction writer can make is not understanding the genre they are writing in. Most writers have a general idea of genre. Some are hands down obsessed with the nooks and crannies of it. However, only a handful of writers really get the tropes, conventions, and expectations built within any genre.
Genre is expectation. It’s the audience’s expectations of the writer. From front to back, the audience wants to know exactly what they’re getting into. That’s genre.
Since the last thing you want to do is ruin their audiences experience, let’s dig into how you can avoid it. Here are some ways to help you understand your genre.
I’m happy to announce that my science fiction novel, Of Song and Singularity, is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Allowing people to have access to thousands of titles, Kindle Unlimited is essentially Netflix for books. Voracious readers would find it the most enticing as they can read as much as they want. So, whether you’re already signed up or want to sign up for my book, it’s now easier than ever to access my books.
Of Song and Singularity is a young adult science fiction novel about Wrenna, a teenager living in a utopian world governed by an artificially intelligent being. But not all is truly right with her world and her cozy, luxurious lifestyle will be turned on its head before too long. In order to survive the vicious realities of her world, she must put her trust in her father and the people she meets along her journey. But ultimately she must put more trust in herself.
So, why bring it to Kindle Unlimited? Well, Kindle Unlimited provides a unique opportunity for authors to connect with their readers in a way they haven’t ever before. By giving Kindle Unlimited readers access to Of Song and Singularity, I’m able to provide this product to more readers and also able to give current readers access to it as well. It’s an all around win-win situation. I think Kindle Unlimited is just another great tool for authors to utilize and considering Amazon’s larger reader ecosystem, it felt like a no-brainer.
I wrote in the library this morning. Well, more like edited, but same thing, right? It was quieter than usual. Most days children swarm around the kid’s books making all kinds of noises while the adults goof around on the computers, doing pretty much anything other than reading. Libraries have become all things to all people, I guess. The books stare longingly at the children and adults who would much rather stare at an illuminated computer screen.
I’m one of those adults. Somedays I’ll go to the library to check out books or look at their “For Sale” section, but it’s rare. Whenever I’m in the mood to check out books, I usually take way too many than I actually need. The librarians probably think I’m crazy with the stack of books I run off with. And yes, I’ve racked up quite the fines in my day (mostly college), but I do better at returning them on time now.