Standing on a balcony in her hometown, watch Ledisi stop an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.
Love this so much.
clavisa replied to your post:Any new updates you would be willing to share on The Worth Saga? :)
hahahaha “unmarketable premise” hahaha surely you jest I have bought and will continue buying anything with your name on the cover so write whatever the hell you want (it would be super cool to see you genre-bend though!)
There is a much longer post for a point when I do not have half an hour internet access in a cafe in Christchurch, but the way it works is this: the people who will buy whatever I write, even if it is titled “RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT LAWN ORNAMENTS” are one set. The larger that number of people, the more visibility I can get on a specific title. (Which is good!)
But visibility doesn’t do me any good if nobody else wants to give the story a chance.
At this point, I suspect that about 70-80% of my sales are from people who are just looking for some kind of story who happen on mine and decide to give it a try, and woohoo, I’m glad they did that. But I can definitely see a difference in sales depending on how good I am at adhering to common marketing elements—and the better I am at making a book sound like it has common marketing elements, the more people decide to give it a try.
While I wish I didn’t have to care about marketability, if I have more ideas than I have time to write (and I do), the smart thing is to choose the more marketable idea. That being said, if I am really excited about the less marketable idea I will probably say “fuck it,” because you know what, fuck it.
But I will also think very, very hard about how to present that thing in the most marketable way because in addition to being a person who says “fuck it” to things I am also a person who runs a business and has employees who I want to continue to pay a living wage and all kinds of other things along those lines.
I obviously don’t swing too hard to the other extreme, which you can tell because I am not writing a series of books about rakish dukes where every book has the word “duke” or “duchess” in the title. Although I have been tempted. Briefly.
I’m part of the set that will buy anything from Ms. Milan.
Photos by Madelene Cronje.
Amy Poehler backstage at the 2014 Emmys
Smart Girls (and Guys) at the Emmys :)