I was reading one of those “How to Write” books when I came across some interesting advice. “Read what’s currently selling.”
So I got on Amazon to check out the best selling books and here’s what I’ve deduced.
Fantasy readers want:
Vampires, shape-shifters, assassins, time travel, forbidden magic, and dragons.
Ok, my book has . . . none of those things.
I know I’m not selling myself now. On the plus side, some of the top selling books were more like Game of Thrones or Fools Quest, books mine might be comparable to.
You know what I saw none of in the top 100 list. Elves. I guess people aren’t reading about elves anymore. I guess I can see why. The books I’ve read recently are just dreadful and hokey.
For those of you who thought the vampire fad is dying out, go check out this list. It seems like the logical thing to do would be to turn my elves into vampires or shape shifters and–tada–I’d have a best-seller.
But I can’t do that. I don’t like to write about vampires.
So what’s a girl to do.
Time travel is big now with Outlander and The Winter Sea.
So … a time-traveling vampire falls in love with a shape shifter.
But that’s not enough.
This is the book I should write.
A vampire, hired to assassin shape shifters (because their power is forbidden), falls in love with the shape shifter he is hired to kill (using dragons that travel through time.).
There you go.
I wouldn’t read that, so why would I write this.
This is why I believe in write what you want to read. Hopefully at the end of years of hard work and the birth and death of many words, someone will be interested in reading it too. So if you like the vampire assassin, traveling through time on his dragon to assassinate a shape-shifter, my book is not for you.
But if you like adventure, epic fantasy, battles, dynamic characters, romance, epicness, and awesomeness, you will like my books when I’m finished.
For those of you who haven’t checked out Amazon’s best seller rankings, I encourage you to do so. You won’t find my books on that list … yet.