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How to Write to Market: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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In this week’s column I’m looking at how to write to market. For those choosing to self-publish, writing to market is almost always essential as is a quick release schedule if you want to stand out. Writing to market can also be used by those seeking a traditional publishing route too and I hope the links I’ve chosen to feature this week will prove very helpful. It is worth remembering that every story has already been told. Every trope has been used hundreds of times. The key to success is the way you tell the stories and the way you use the tropes. There are certain genres that never go out of fashion and that is what makes writing to market a good option for many.

  1. https://fundsforwriters.com/how-to-write-to-market-and-improve-your-income/ – How to Write to Market and Improve Your Income: This article is written for indie authors and details the steps to find your market, analyse it, and how to write your novel using trends. It also features some earning examples for writes that have used this method to increase their earnings.
  2. https://www.novelmarketing.com/151-2/ – How To Write to Market with Chris Fox: This is actually a podcast and interview with successful author Chris Fox, but it is well worth listening to if you want the answers to questions like, what it means to write to market, why authors would want to write to market, is writing to market selling out, mistakes that authors make when writing to market, how to find a hot category, how to find out how popular a genre is, and more. There’s a transcript of the interview as well if you prefer to read it. You can find out more about hungry genres in Chris’s video post on his own site called Finding a Hungry Genre: https://www.chrisfoxwrites.com/2016/06/11/write-to-market-finding-a-hungry-genre/
  3. https://writermom.net/blog/write-to-market-results – Write to Market Results: If you prefer case studies and seeing results this post from WriterMom has it all. There’s a video as well as links to other videos for the different stages of writing to market followed by a lot of detail on what worked, what went wrong, what resources she used, and much more. Again, this article is geared towards self-published authors but there may be something in it for everyone.
  4. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/tag/write-to-market/ – How to Use Data Science to Write and Sell More Books: In this podcast, Joanna Penn talks to Chris Fox about writing to market and how to use algorithms to write better stories and sell more.
  5. https://prowritingaid.com/art/846/should-you-write-to-market.aspx – Should You Write to Market? ProWritingAid answers this question in this post and has a section on why you should write to market, why you shouldn’t, and how to write to intersection. It also includes some exceptions to the rule. This article is suited to both indie and traditionally published authors.
  6. https://www.npmartin.com/writing-urban-fantasy-to-market-the-truth/ – Writing Urban Fantasy To Market – Although this author writes urban fantasy, the sections on what exactly is writing to market and extracting the tropes can be used by anyone. She goes into detail on how to find the tropes and gives examples of what they are.
  7. https://ryanlanz.com/2017/03/13/writing-to-market-what-does-it-mean/ – Writing to Market, What Does it Mean? This is an excellent article that explains what writing to market, writing to niche, and writing to trend are as well as an explanation for what each of them doesn’t mean.
  8. https://createifwriting.com/writing-to-market-and-writing-to-trend/ – Writing to Market and Writing to Trend: I’m going to finish up this week with this podcast and article that has a lot of information on writing to market and writing to trend as well as an example of a comparison of both. She also talks about the power of a hot trope and how to find trends to work with.

I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans


Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans