What Kind of Reader Are You?
So a little background. I’ve been an avid reader (meaning reading constantly and in my case various genres) since the age of 10. I LOVE books. As I got older it was so confusing to me to hear from friends in college and beyond that they didn’t read. Some didn’t read anything, others were extremely selective and rarely. I never had a need for reader groups as I enjoyed the books, then had thoughts about them in my head (if they were good enough to stay with me a few hours or a few days rattling around my skull). I was a part of an adult book club for about 7 or 8 years as well. I enjoyed that, and it made me read some books not on my radar and a chance for me to give my in-depth analysis of books.
However, once I became a writer I joined some reader groups and let’s say it was an eye opener! LOL from the “general disdain” for romance. To people perceptions of what is a Romance book (a lot of folks think it’s automatic erotic or automatic extreme drama) is. Seriously I was dismayed and depressed for a few days, then I got over it!
I had to remind myself that my audience is out there. People who understand what a Romantic Novel is, and those who appreciate it in all forms, be it sweet, steamy or yes even erotic. I have read many romances of all levels and ENJOYED them. From Westerns, Historical (various periods), Suspense, to small town, and Heros, to Blue Collar and everything in-between!
I say all this to circle back around to my opinion on the types of readers out there, regardless of what genre they read, and why I'm able to really enjoy pretty much all types of books (if written well)
1-The Trading Spaces Reader
So this is just as it sounds. A reader who trades places with one of the MC’s. They put themselves (mentally) in place of the MC (MC(s)=Main Characters).They read with the thought of “I would do that!” or “Yep I would have said the same thing!”. Now on the surface this sounds like a good thing. Here is how I see it possibly being a hindrance for a reader.
You can spend too much time thinking about “what you would do, say etc”. So you end up being mad, with the characters, or seeing them as unrealistic if they don’t fit your world view. I believe these types of readers prefer to stay in certain genres, because they “relate and understand” them better. And this can keep you from the wide array of stories that could be magical, or informative.
On the other side if an author writes a story that these kinds of readers “connect too” you usually have immediate fans! On the flip side you could end up with a person unwilling to even finish the book, or decide never to read another, not matter how good of a storyline you had.
Trading Spaces Readers like to take control of the story and steer the direction, even though every single brain, mind, personality and upbringing is different, which can up the chances of the reader being mildly to greatly disappointed.
2-The Body Snatcher Reader
Now the body snatcher is a little different. These people give themselves “over” to the main MC’s. They live the characters lives as is. They read the details (that a good author) should put into a book to show you the MC’s personalities, and the inner workings of their minds. So that when they make a decision, reaction etc, it makes complete sense for THAT character.
Body Snatcher readers are along for the ride, looking out onto the story from the MC’s eyes. Feeling what they feel, thinking from the MC’s point of view. I believe these readers are more open to learning new things, visiting new places and exploring the impossible.
Body Snatchers are more likely to appreciate (meaning find it decent or good) a book with a well written story line, even if it’s a subject matter they don’t know, like or agree with.
What kind of reader am I?
So for me I’m mainly a Body Snatcher, but can be a Trading Spaces reader as well. Like most folks I have my favorite genres even though I read almost anything.
If it’s self-help, memoirs, or non-fiction, I tend to put my own personality into it more, so I tend to enjoy those less. Usually however I can get a few good nuggets of info or perspectives out of it. Also I do love history, though I prefer it sprinkled in with fiction.
I am a Body Snatcher for (well written stories where the author show/tells me the personality of the people and the environment/situations are well set) fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi books. I love thinking things out of the ordinary. Going to made up worlds where the daily rules are different from ours. Love those fearsome or magical beings that walk amongst us.
And yes I have a dark side! Horror is my second fav reading genre and I love getting into a killers head, or their twisted upbringing that led them there. Thrillers with government or shadow societies controlling us and the conspiracy theorist heroes who were right all along. And last but never least in my book is Romance.
Where I can fully let myself be the damsel in distress, though I prefer the calculating minx. Or the stories of the over worked mom who deserves love too. I don’t have kids-but by being a Body Snatcher I can fully still enjoy these stories. The stories where I can be a Trading Spaces reader is nice too, when they talk about things that have been in my life or I could see happening to me in the here and now. Those wonderful men that break down the defenses of “been done wrong before” women to win their heart.
I love it ALL!
So in the end
There is never a right or wrong, if you are READING on a fairly regular basis then you are a winner in my book! And I do believe certain books/genres/ writing styles can make anyone be both types of readers.
Take Ten Seconds and fill out the survey and tell me what type of Reader YOU are!
1 Year New Author Update
So after July 20th 2018 started my second six months as an author. At the end of June I had sold 100 books (ebook-pb and direct sales) of my 1st Novel (so it took me 5.5 months to do that). At the end of August 27 I got a Bookbub Deal on that book and sold 336 books at .99 cents. Gained 5 pre-sales on book 2, - 2 new Amazon reviews and 2 goodreads star ratings. Below was my highest rank during the 7 day sale. I paid $164 for the BB Deal.
So I was happy with those results. From Sept 4th (after the BB Deal) to Sept 19th I sold 12 Books and gained another 8 presales. So I had a total of 17 presales for book 2 when it released on Sept 21st. Now with the release of book 2 (which is part of the same series). For book 2 it took me “a few” days under a month to sell 100 books of so yay Progress!
Also at some point I finally made a chart so I could “try” to track what I was making. Now you see why I really don’t believe in free and I’m firmly in the camp of “pay for my work”. Selling 100’s at .99 cents gets you nothing, while regular price 2.99 to 3.99 you can make the same amount with 30 to 40 books. Readers and future writers we don’t get paid much for the many hours, months and on avg $300 to $500 we put into EACH book (that amount is what “I” put into each book) many other Indie Authors spend upwards to $1200 per book. Below is what you get for an ebook. That being said if you can “afford” to give away your work for free it may increase exsposure (it may also train readers to expect free). It’s really just a choice. Once I get a real catalog of work I do plan to attempt some “free” bookbub deals. Maybe in summer. But I personally think it’s pointless when you don’t have any other books for readers to buy who would like to purchase your work, after reading the freebie.
Margins for Paperback are about the same as if you price your PB to high no one will buy it. So I get about $2 to $2.50 on my PB priced $9.25 and $10.50. So write what you think is a good book, a professional readable book in the style and voice you want for your characters and don’t be afraid to think your work has “value”.
I had another BookBub Deal on book 2 in November. Another .99¢ dea; I think I sold about 52 more copies than book one.
BBD 2018 8-27 to 9-3 Book 1
BBD 2018 11-4 to 11-9 Book 2
So these were my totals as of 2018 for Total Books sold.
These includes the two Novels and my Poetry Book, online and in person sales, as well as the Short.
So on one hand I’m happy! Out the blue Author, heck I’m happy to have sold anything. If we get “technical” what I made vs what I spent then I’m still in the red. But I think it’s a start.
A lot of the ads, and book promotion are things that just have to be done, to gain exposure and potentially get profits. As it was my first year I was trying a bit of everything. Probably will do the same this second year if money permits. There is a huge sea of ever changing “book promoters/options” etc out there. Some I will not be going back to. But others that I feel are worth doing though honestly it’s hard to tell where your sales really come from on most of them, but AMS and BB Deals.
Okay, enough of where I’ve been let’s talk about where I pray to go. So at the end of 2018. I decided to do a series of shorts to tie into the “Instant Chemistry” series. The plan is to publish 6-2 for each book in the Trilogy. The first of which was released in December Below is my publishing goals for 2019:
Short 3 Feb
Novel 1 Feb
Short 4 March
Novel 2 April
Poetry 2 May
Short 5 June
Short 6 July
Novel 3 Aug
Write, Write, Write Sept
Novel or Novella Oct
November and Dec I hope to be strictly writing months (and just to be clear I’ll be writing every single month, editing, etc) it never stops. For me this is a job that often requires over 8 hours a day. The first year I had the time. This year I may have to learn to do more with less hours to spare. I am not a “full time” author in that it pays the bills, so income needs to come from somewhere.
I have 7 Author Vendor events lined up this year as well (the cost for those were paid last year and were $820), that does not include travel. 3 are non-local and you have to add in the cost of the books, swag etc for the event each event
These events are also a “see what works and exposure tactic”. I may decide to do less in 2020 or if I feel they go well and I can afford it I may book more.
The Shorts I have in KU (Kindle Unlimited) and will continue to keep all my other work WIDE.
I’ve also entered a few writing contests this year. If I place in any I’ll let you know.
So that was my 1st year as an Author and what I hope to accomplish in my second. I have all my book covers for the year so I’m excited about that−now I have to do the hard part…write them.
My next blog I intend to focus on “What Kind of Reader Are You”
Until then (readers or writers) keep reading! Expand your mind and genres!
For my author friends KEEP WRITING. We can do this!
Not sure how I forgot to invite you all to my goodreads group! Join if you like!