SPP208 Writing to Market with Chris Fox
Today’s guest is Chris Fox, multi-published author, and he discusses writing to market. This isn’t writing crap for a successful market, but providing what readers are passionate about in a market you love.
- Johnny talks about his coming move and the guys compare internet bandwidth sizes.
- Something cool: Dave’s happy about Karma Police; Sean’s something cool is the Smarter Artist stuff coming down soon
- Sean says pick up Chris’s book, Write to Market and read it, then buy the audio book and listen to it. It’s that’s good.
- You can’t just pick a market and write in it; but as an indie, you have a lot more flexibility.
- Chris shares the way he looks at stats to decide what to write next, ‘trend-watching.’
- Understanding fads and book longevity.
- Johnny questions the viability of chasing trends that are too niche
- Sean pitches a sci-fi solution to market noise and also-bots.
- Chris gives some extra hacks around reader psychology and why people read what they read.
- Dave gripes about the books that suck but still do well, and Chris gives his encouragement for writers.
- There are unwritten rules when crossing genres, like it’s okay to have some Western in your Fantasy, but not so much to have Fantasy in your Western.
- Johnny and Chris discuss loving the genre before you write in it; you should have a lot of fun writing.
- Chris talks the pros and cons of pre-orders on Amazon and shares his experience.
- Sean talks about what ‘boxes to tick’ when writing to market – not just your intended audience but also for you as a creator.
- Chris talks about the huge mistake he made by publishing an extra chapter just before it went live without sending it to an editor first.
- They guys talk about some Scrivener issues YOU need to be aware of if you’re collaborating.