Posted by: Kerry Gans | April 28, 2015

Book Trailers: Purpose and Worth

This weekend, my friend Kathryn Craft launched her new novel, The Far End of Happy. She also launched an online hashtag campaign #choosethisday, which officially launches May 1st, where we all flood Twitter or Facebook with empowering, positive messages and suicide awareness resources. I love seeing authors weaving a deeper meaning into their book launches by also doing things to make a difference.

At Kathryn’s launch event, we got to see her emotional, compelling book trailer:

The next day, the co-owner of The Interlude Group, who created the trailer, joined us at The Liars Club Writers Coffeehouse in Willow Grove. Keith Strunk of the Interlude Group talked about making trailers—the purpose behind having one, and if you can afford one.

A book trailer is simply another marketing tool. We may want it in our toolbox, we may not. It’s rather a personal decision—financial as well as emotional. Video is powerful in today’s marketplace, where we need to catch people’s attention and hold it before the next distraction comes along. But it’s not enough to simply throw some video together, slap down some music, and post it on YouTube. A lot of thought goes into a successful book trailer.

You need to consider the ingredients:

  • visuals, whether still pictures, animation, or live action
  • music—copyright is an issue, so this might be the toughest part to find
  • text, capturing the heart of the book but not necessarily text from the book
  • editors who have the same vision of the trailer and book that you do

Even if you are paying for the book trailer yourself, the publisher may want to have a strong voice in the final trailer. While this may seem unfair to us at first glance, you certainly should coordinate your message across all platforms and you are so close to your book that an objective marketing eye is often a blessing.

I am not going to go into where to find your visuals and music—that can be a post unto itself, and there are many posts about exactly that around the Internet. Suffice it to say that quality is of the utmost importance. People expect Hollywood-level production values (unless cheesy is part of your shtick for the trailer), and you don’t want your trailer to get passed around for the wrong reasons.

After we talked about the ingredients of a trailer, we discussed what we want the trailer to accomplish. We want the trailer to:

  • be watched multiple times by the same viewer
  • make a viewer want to read the book
  • spark word-of-mouth
  • have it be passed around virally
  • move the viewer emotionally
  • convey the heart of the book
  • convey all the needed info to buy the book

So will the book trailer sell your book? Perhaps not directly—we really have no way of tracking that. But if people start talking about your book, that’s great. Moreover, seeing the trailer is one more “imprint” on them of your name and your book’s title. I’ve been told it takes seven imprints to make a lasting impression. Thus the importance of having a trailer people will watch more than once.

Those are why you want a book trailer—the purposes of going through all the work (and it is a lot of work). I’m sure you’re wondering about cost. The cost is in direct proportion to how complicated your trailer is. The more images you need to buy, the more cost. Stock video footage, even more. Hiring live talent or doing Hollywood-level CGI—a whole lot of pretty pennies. Music choices also add to it. And, of course, your biggest expense will be the editor’s time. A simple book trailer can run from $1,500 to $5,000.

The more prepared you are when you find your editors, the more you save. The more materials you provide, the more you save. The clearer your communication with them (thus, the fewer revisions you need to make), the more you save. You will need to ask yourself: Is it worth it? There is no right answer–only your answer.

So know this:

  • A book trailer can be a valuable marketing tool, but likely your publisher will not pay for it.
  • Even if the publisher is not paying for it, they will probably want a say in it.
  • A quality book trailer is not cheap, and you want quality.
  • And never, ever, make your book trailer more than one minute long.

I hope you found this helpful!

Do you use book trailers in your marketing? Why or why not?

 

Posted by: Kerry Gans | April 23, 2015

Top Picks Thursday 04-23-2015

Welcome to our weekly links round up!

Prizes abound! The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes came out, as did the 2014 Spark Awards for Indie Authors. Also the finalists for the 2015 Indie Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards were announced.

Nobel-winning German novelist Günter Grass has died at age 87.

Perhaps you have been following the Hugo Awards/Sad Puppies debacle closely, or maybe you know something’s going on but aren’t quite sure what. Arthur Chu explains the whole conflict cogently, while George R.R. Martin demolishes the Sad Puppies’ complaints, and Kameron Hurley bemoans the movement to oppose diversity in the Hugo Awards.

The Hugo Awards are not alone in this apparent backlash against increasing diversity. Swapna Krishna discusses criticism and diversity in comics as well.

We all know that book reviews are important. NetGalley lays out why they matter and how to write a good review, while Victoria Strauss tells us that Amazon is suing fake review services in an effort to clean up their reviews.

Almost every published writer has been approached by a newbie writer and asked to blurb or review their book. Erika Mitchell explains what to do in that awkward moment.

Kas Thomas has the low down on whether writing can make you healthier, and authors E.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Carrie Gordon Watson hope to improve the lives of teens by giving teens a safe place to speak up online with their If Only Someone Knew site.

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We tend to talk most about novels here, but here is information for people writing other types of writing: Dan Peacock lists the top 10 tips for writing novellas, Marianne Knightly shares 5 basics of series writing, and book designer Joel Friedlander has created templates for use in making self-published poetry books.

We can sabotage our story if we’re not careful. Kristin Lamb gives us 5 ways to kill a perfectly good story, and Heather Jackson reminds us to use internal conflict as well as external to engage the reader.

Getting the details right is important. Debby Harris shares ideas for handling exposition, Eileen Cook lists 6 tips for improving dialogue, and Delilah S. Dawson has 25 tips for writing violence.

Writing should be clear and concise. Allison VanNest gives us 6 tips for rewording sentences and Kristin Lamb lists 10 ways to tighten your writing and hook the reader.

Editing is a major part of the writing process. Emmy Favilla brings us the pet peeves of 30 copy editors, and Benjamin Lancaster shares 5 tips on editing another writer’s work.

Writing “The End” is not the end of work for your book. Alex J. Cavanaugh explains what happens after the book is finished, Monica Tesler shows how book covers are designed, and James Scott Bell gives the ingredients to make readers lust after your book.

Writers are often visionaries. Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin explores his ideas, and Toni Morrison shares her radical vision.

We often need to overcome both inner and outer obstacles to writing in order to succeed. Roz Morris lists 6 tips on how to keep writing when time is scarce, and Lia Louis discusses the lies writers tell themselves that can derail their dream.

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In today’s world, there are many paths to publishing. Jane Friedman updates her Publishing Paths infographic to help you decide which path (or paths) is right for you.

The publishing world sees the decline in print sales level off as migration to ebooks stabilizes and the ebook market matures.

If you are interested in agents, Janet Reid explains what to do if you should encounter an agent in a social situation such as a conference. Meanwhile, agent Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary is looking for more YA this spring—horror, magic realism, a break-up story, LGBTQ characters + more.

With the rise of self-publishing, Mike Shatzkin and others examine ways the author/publisher marketing collaboration should change.

We authors have to do a large share of our own marketing. Bill Ferris gives an amusing account of how to plan your own book tour, Wise Ink shares the definitive guide to pricing your book, and Jason Kong explains how to use an anthology as a powerful marketing tool.

THE UNIQUE SHELF

The English language keeps evolving. The Oxford Dictionary added many words last year, including “mahoosive”, “lolcat” and “MAMIL” (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra).

Scott Laming looks at the worst children in literature, while Jenny Kawecki examines the most embarrassing parents in YA.

Letters of Note brings us Eudora Welty, aged 23, applying for a job at the New Yorker in 1933.

Best known as the creator of Wonder Woman, William Marston also wrote vintage pulp fiction with a lurid cover to match.

In the era before Liquid Paper, how do you correct a misprint in a 16th century book?

That’s all for us this week!

 

Posted by: Gwendolyn Huber | April 20, 2015

Assumptions Writers Make

One of my part time jobs leaves me to figure its ins and outs on my own. That means I frequently find myself revisiting my assumptions about the details of completing my tasks for this job.

Making assumptions can be good, it saves time to make assumptions based on previous experience.  It’s practical, but if you don’t have complete or correct information, it’s also easy to make incorrect assumptions.

As a writer, here are a few assumptions that I’ve wrestled with over the years .

Assumptions can that can cause anxiety:

You either have it or you don’t. Good writers are born not made.

Unless a person is a good writer, they shouldn’t write at all.

There’s no future as a writer, so don’t waste your time writing.

Assumptions that might slow a writer down:

There are only a certain amount of words you can write in one sitting.

You have to write things in order.

You need to be in the mood to write. Creativity can’t be scheduled.

You need long stretches of time in which to write.

There is only one correct writing process.

What are some assumptions you have made about writing that you’ve found to be incorrect?

Posted by: Kerry Gans | April 16, 2015

Top Picks Thursday 04-16-2015

DSCN1247Spring has finally found the Northeast! Ahh, warmth!

It’s already mid-April (did you get your taxes filed?), and it’s time to celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18th. We love our libraries! All authors should, as John Rudolph explores the connection between libraries and discoverability.

Have you ever wondered if there’s an age where you should just give up the dream of writing for publication? John Yeoman answers the question, “Am I too old to write a bestseller?”

Writers are often at the forefront of social movements. Ingo Schulze explains why 1,000 European authors are standing up for refugees’ rights. Meanwhile, Robin B. has results of a survey on YA book covers and gender, and Nikki Grimes wonders when African-American characters will be seen as universal characters.

Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel releases in September.

The idea of a pen name always engenders lively debate. Kristen Lamb examines when you need a pen name—and why you likely don’t.

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Pacing is that intangible quality that keeps readers turning the pages. Amanda Patterson lists the 4 most important things to remember about pacing. Many things impact pacing, particularly flashbacks and backstory. Janice Hardy has tips for writing flashbacks, and Linda Clare describes how the rule of 3 can help writers avoid backstory slump.

Keeping the reader engaged makes a bestseller. Stavros Halvatzis shows how to invoke curiosity to catch readers, and Mia Botha lists 5 ways to make your reader care.

Our antagonist must be worthy of our protagonist. Kristen A. Kieffer breaks down how to create a powerful antagonist. One way to strengthen our antagonist and expand our story is to utilize the power of the shadow story, as James Scott Bell explains.

The setting can be a powerful force in your story. Martina Boone explores using POV to create a memorable setting in your work. If your setting is in the legal world, Jim Steinberg has some tips for pushing boundaries to create believable scenes and characters.

If you want to write funny, Michael McDonagh shares the secret of writing humor.

Once you’re done writing, you need readers to give you feedback. Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas lay out how to manage the beta reading process. You also need editors. Jami Gold discusses what kind of editors we need.

Ann Packer shares 5 writing tips, Cara Lopez Lee examines what she learned from world-class novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, and Marie Lamba discusses writing and agenting.

We all wish to be more productive. Jami Gold explains what to do when you are drowning in To-Do Lists, Ryan Holiday tells us the strategies that helped him write 3 books in 3 years, and for when the pressure really gets to us, Barbara Claypole White shares 10 reasons to love being a novelist.

Jen Matera shows how to learn what you know in order to write what you know, Ann Lamott explores finding meaning in a crazy world, and Jeff Goins tells us how to lead a portfolio career.

BUSINESS

John A. Sellers and Diane Roback take us inside the publishing trends at Bologna 2015.

For those writing non-fiction, agent Jane Dystel explains the importance of getting the non-fiction book proposal right before it gets to the editors.

If you want an agent, and get an offer of representation, attorney Kathryn Goldman explains what should be in the agency contract you sign. If you don’t have an agent and are selling stories on your own, Jane Lebak explains how to take care of your rights in a contract with a publication.

Here are 2 agents looking for clients: Jesse Finkelstein of Transatlantic Literary is looking for nonfiction. Kurestin Armada of P.S. Literary is looking for Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), select Young Adult and Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Mystery (including mystery with elements of SF/F), and Romance. In nonfiction, she is looking for Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Humour, Narrative, Photography, and Pop Science.

Also, agent Sara Megibow is spotlighted on the NYC Writers Network blog and talks queries and ideal clients.

If self-publishing is more your style, Robert Kroese has some self-publishing advice.

Self-published or traditional, you need a book blurb and a synopsis. Melissa Tagg lays out 3 tips for writing a great book blurb, while Drew Chial explains how to turn a complex story into a simple synopsis.

When it comes to marketing, methods are always changing. Phil Simon explores one way publishers are experimenting with new distribution methods, Laura Fredericks gives us 6 tips for effective online book promotion, and Robin Houghton answers the question “To blog or not to blog?” with her 10 reasons for authors to blog.

THE UNIQUE SHELF

In case you’ve ever wondered, Jeremy Varner has the fascinating answer to why elves and dwarves are rivals.

Writers Relief examines the power of children’s literature and the books that deeply impacted their lives.

It sounds like a movie, but it’s not. Grad student Myriah Williams finds a mystery message in the Medieval Welsh Black Book of Carmarthen.

That’s all for us this week!

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Posted by: Matt Q. McGovern | April 15, 2015

Writer’s Retreat

A number of authors (including friends of mine) have made use of a writer’s retreat. There are a number of these available to rent for groups of writers, which is a great opportunity to network with others in the business besides getting lots of writing done. Surrounding yourself with writers and feeling the collective creative fire is a catalyst to ignite your own. Additionally, the concept of getting away from your normal environment so there are no distractions and scheduling time to write can dramatically increase your writing production.

Besides renting with a group of writers, many writers do this privately. Some even have a property for this purpose, the most popular of which seems to be of the wilderness cabin variety.

I love the idea of the private cabin, but I’m a city slicker. My writing retreats (in shorter time increments) are in bus terminals, train stations, and coffee shops. Living in South Philadelphia, I have my pick of independently owned coffee shops, which I prefer to the corporate ones. But then, Philly has a large art student population and simply being in their vicinity can create some of the collective creative fire mentioned above.

Strangely, I feel like I get more writing out of dingy places than nice. For some reason, juxtaposing the constant movement of people around me with the heavy smell of transportation (train, bus, cab, and even horse Winking smile ) puts me in the state best for writing. Turning off the internet and phone and getting away from home is as easy as walking out the door (provided you actually DO turn them off).

There is an element of transience to my perfect writer’s retreat, though. I like new writing spots and it has to be spontaneous. I could get on a train to New York tomorrow and find someplace to write for fourteen hours. Of course, in New York the challenge won’t be to ignore my phone but to try to ignore New York. A city slicker like me enjoys the city, so I might need to plan my writing retreat for the Big Apple.

What are the characteristics for your perfect retreat?

Posted by: J. Thomas Ross | April 9, 2015

Top Picks Thursday 04-09-2015

Posted by: Nancy Keim Comley | April 8, 2015

An Office Of My Own

I have an office. To you, this might not be terribly exciting news but to me it all but causes cackling and cries of Mine! Mine! Bwhahahahahah!! Yes, I’m a tiny bit excited.

We moved into this house seven years ago. Our son was born a couple of months before the move and due to everything the purging one is supposed to tackle when packing never happened. We brought everything. I think we may have actually acquired more stuff in the mile drive from our old house to the new.

I knew I wanted the old kitchen space for my office – we had decided to make the old kitchen/dining room into the family office space and I loved the small alcove. (During renovations we moved the kitchen from one end of the house to the other – when most holidays include dinner for at least ten a kitchen with barely enough room to make a sandwich isn’t going to fly). The space filled with boxes and though I occasionally poked at the pile I had other things to unpack and occupy my time.

As the years progressed when I had time I pulled out box after haphazardely packed box. I purged, recycled, sorted and organizied. My sister made me a big fabric-covered board for the wall and my mother’s old desk fit the oddly-shaped space. Slowly things began to come together.

Last weekend I made the final push, and at two am Saturday morning I was finished. Now I have an office of my own, a space all mine in which to write, create or stick pens in my ears if I so wish.

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Posted by: Kerry Gans | April 2, 2015

Top Picks Thursday 04-02-2015

Welcome to our weekly links round-up!

April is National Poetry Month! Any poets might want to participate in Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides PAD (poem a day) Challenge.

How many times have we wanted to use song lyrics in our stories, but got scared off by the copyright issues? Attorney Helen Sedwick tells us how to use lyrics without paying a fortune or a lawyer.

It’s always nice to hear good things about book stores. In Hoboken, 3 residents open the city’s first new bookstore in a decade, while New Jersey’s Sparta Books celebrates 50 years in business.

We always knew libraries were sanctuaries, but now it’s official: every library in Seattle is now a designated “Safe Place” for teens.

In an age where Common Core stresses reading non-fiction over fiction, many studies show that reading literature makes us smarter and more empathetic, male science fiction authors discuss the women writers who influenced them, and Middle Grade Strikes Back talks about the lasting impact of children’s books.

Book Goodies wants to know what readers think about a myriad of topics. Check out the Book Goodies readers’ survey and make your opinion known.

By now most of us have heard of the Clean Reader app, and have formed our opinion. If you haven’t, Chuck Wendig has some examples of what the Clean Reader app does, Joanne Harris blasts the app for its lack of author consent (among other things), and Jonathon Sturgeon wonders if this is the open salvo in a new age of censorship.

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Every writer has their own process. Martina Boone gets started by writing a “discovery draft” rather than an outline. Then Vicki Hinze thickens the plot with her own recipe. Finally, Mary Vee tells us how to write the perfect ending.

Writing a successful story means perfecting so many craft items. Posey of Cool Cats Writers shares 10 tips to write stronger sentences, Mary Kole warns of the dangers of generic description, Fiona Quinn wants us to get swordplay details right, L.Z. Marie lists the real comma rules, and Mary Buckham shows us how to be a better hooker (in writing).

Kristin A. Kieffer tells us how to write a world-changing mentor character, Cheryl Klein reminds us not to let mechanics trump overarching story dynamics when revising, and Roz Morris explains how writer’s block unlocked her character’s secret and why killing your darlings is a mark of writing maturity.

We’re all searching for a way to write faster and better. Marcy McKay has 11 writing tips that will change your life, Rachel Funk Heller lists 8 tips on writing faster—and why you should try it, and Kama Sucharan Burri gives us 5 weird writing hacks that actually work.

We don’t all write novels, so Amy Paturel shares 8 common mistakes to avoid when writing a personal essay. When we do write fiction, Tania James explores what you gain by seeing the world through different eyes. And sometimes, we write with no desire to be published. Jody Hedlund reminds all writers why it’s perfectly okay not to pursue publication.

Sometimes, we can be overwhelmed by To-Do lists and emotional pressure. Olivia J. Herrell says the key to getting to your writing goals is commitment, a plan, and time to get it done, while Katie M. John shares what to do when you feel like everybody is doing better than you.

The Muse can be fickle. Katharine Grub reveals the secret of getting your writing unstuck, Monica Leonelle discusses a simple process for beating writer’s block, and Jacqui Be shares the top 5 creative writing tips for the creatively challenged.

BUSINESS

Coming soon to a sky near you: Amazon wins approval to test delivery drones outdoors.

Are you searching for an agent? Peter Hogenkamp lays out the 5 essential steps to getting an agent, and Stina Lindenblatt answers several odds and ends about queries.

You can also pitch agents in person at conferences. Michelle Chouinard gives tips for facing your first pitch-o-rama. If you want to use the email route, check out Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s Twitter lists of Kidlit/YA editors and Kidlit/YA agents.

Rejection is a part of every author’s life. Even the most famous authors got truly scathing rejection letters. So don’t fret—you’re in good company.

If you are confused about a marketing strategy, Jennifer Fusco describes several marketing strategies to choose from. Since much marketing is done on social media, Jane Friedman explains her social media philosophy.

Marketing screenplays is a little different than marketing novels. Screenwriter Michael Stagliano discusses how to market screenplays.

There are many different marketing tools: Shelley Sturgeon discusses Dropcards for ebooks, Frances Caballo talks about podcasting for authors, and Jane Friedman lays out the essential author website components.

No matter how much you market, sometimes your books don’t end up in bookstore. Brooke Warner lists 5 reasons why your book isn’t being carried in bookstores.

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A pub in England unveils a new sign dedicated to Terry Pratchett and Discworld.

The two rules of writing in one simple photo, and an infographic of tips for author photos.

Scientists in Spain are searching for the remains of Don Quixote author Cervantes. That first link is from January 2015. The Wall Street Journal has a more recent article, but it requires a subscription to read more than the first few paragraphs.

Want to make a statement with your book? Check out this gallery of marbled paper to use on the inside covers of your books.

Learn about the over 200 Irish manuscripts in the British Library.

That’s all for this week! Happy April!

Posted by: J. Thomas Ross | March 31, 2015

Stages in the Reading Life

Life goes through stages. These stages are most evident in children because children pass through the various stages as quickly as they outgrow their clothes. Every parent has experienced the taste-testing stage, when babies must put everything into their mouths to check its taste, and the nonstop-negative stage, when a child’s answer to every question is “no.”

Adults pass through stages too, although these stages or phases of life last longer, may vary more from person to person, and often have less obvious beginnings and endings. We face each new stage with a combination of excitement and anxiety, for whatever preparations we may make and whatever dreams we may create, adults know the future remains uncertain. Thus, as we pass from stage to stage, we often take time to reflect on the past while we sketch out our futures, with the hope of ensuring that our futures will unfold according to plan.

Now that my husband and I have both retired, we have entered a new stage in our lives. Our perspective has changed, and we both recognize that – with only one grown son remaining at home (but not for the long haul) – our four-bedroom house with its oversize yard will soon require more time and work than we will be willing to expend. Like many retirees, we plan to downsize in a few years. Since, like most homeowners, we have accumulated a horde of possessions – things bought or given to us or inherited from family members over the years – we face the difficult task of clearing out both clutter and prized items that a smaller dwelling will be unable to hold.

One of the bookshelves I've started clearing off. I have a long way to go!

One of the bookshelves I’ve started clearing off. I have a long way to go!

One of the tasks I’ve recently tackled is a gradual sorting out of the scores of books on our bookshelves. Most of the books are mine, and the paperbacks are packed two deep. I’ve done a lot of thinking about reading as I go through these books, carefully dusting and sorting. Since I’ve acquired them bit by bit over many years, until I started this task I had no real grasp of just how many books I owned (and have even less of an inkling how many I’ve read, for I gave away books I liked too little to keep and borrowed many books from the library — my husband reminds me each time I buy a book that borrowing library books costs nothing).

While sorting and boxing up books to donate to Goodwill, I’ve rediscovered favorite authors and much-loved books read long ago. In spite of my hefty stack of books-to-be-read, I’ve been rereading some of these long-buried treasures. In the past six months I’ve reread more than forty books by Andre Norton – all except her Witch World series (because I haven’t yet unearthed the first one), and I just finished The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and enchanting fantasy by Patricia A. McKillip. These are books I will keep, not only because I love the stories but because these women represent some of the first successful women science fiction and fantasy writers and they did not shy from using women as protagonists.

In addition to revealing long-lost reading treasures, the task of downsizing my bookshelves has prompted me to think about my reading habits. Reading has had great importance for me since I first discovered books as a child, and as I considered that importance, I realized that my reading (my personal, not my required, reading) has passed through stages as well.

When I began reading as a child, I read every book that came my way regardless of subject. Reading itself delighted me because it transported me to other places and experiences and set dreams spinning through my mind. As I progressed through elementary school, my book choices narrowed to predominantly books about horses, dogs, and other animals. In junior high school, I preferred novels about students my age or older and the trials they faced and overcame. I also enjoyed biographies, written for students my age, about inspiring, well-known people.

In high school my reading preference took a dramatic shift to horror and war. I read every classic and current horror novel and anthology and every novel and personal account of World War II experiences I could find in the school library. I also expanded into science fiction and fantasy, with an occasional foray into mystery and gothic romance. This is when, with the help of Scholastic Book Club, I began my personal book collection.

During my college years, I concentrated on history, historical novels, and historical romance, although I also continued reading science fiction and fantasy. For most of my years as a high school teacher, my personal reading became an escape from the stresses of work and raising a family and I veered away from classics and literary fiction. My preferences converged to a few alternating genres. I would read mainly historical romance for a few years, switch to fantasy or science fiction for a time, and then back again, with an occasional mystery or non-fiction account thrown in for variety. More recently, I’ve added books about writing to the mix as well as young adult books, current-day and future cross-genre romances written by Nora Roberts, and books written by authors I know personally (and am not naming for fear of leaving someone out).

As you can see, my reading life has gone through numerous stages of reading books predominantly in one genre or by one author. I haven’t heard anyone else mention going through such stages, which has me wondering whether other people have had this experience.

So, I’m asking now – have you gone through stages in your reading life? Please share your experiences in the comments. I’d really like to know.

Morning snow on March 30 -- good bookshelf clearing weather.

Morning snow on March 30 — good bookshelf clearing weather.

Posted by: Kerry Gans | March 26, 2015

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