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Why Can’t I Have It All?   8 comments

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

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I love the questions that require thought!

You’d think it’s a fairly binary question – creative versus market-oriented — but as is often the case, PJMcLayne has asked a question this week with an answer that is more nuanced.

There are two ways of doing art – and by art, I mean any creative endeavor. One — you can create for your own amazement. I wrote books for my own amusement for decades before I published for an audience. When I was doing that, I could afford to be bold and original, to try out plot lines and narrative techniques without fear that anyone would say, “Well, I’m just going to read another book because this one is … weird … boring … unbelievable … hard to follow ….” You get the picture. I loved what I was writing and I wasn’t concerned what anyone else thought because nobody else was ever going to read it.

The second way to do art is, obviously, for an audience. Writers are no less performance artists than my daughter — a gypsy musician who also dabbles in dance, painting and metal sculptures — not to mention graffiti. For that matter, my mother — a waitress — was a “performance artist”. Her audience consisted of the customers who followed her from cafe to cafe all over town because they appreciated her “art” in serving them. If you want to do art that has an audience, you have to consider what your audience wants.

So, am I original or do I give the audience what they want?

Can’t I do both? Take a pause and think about that. Of course, I can!

Creative on the First Draft

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I follow Stephen King and Kurt Vonnegut’s advice to write for my own enjoyment. I don’t consciously start by thinking “what does the market want?” I often read a book (written by another writer) or watch a television story (written by another writer) and think “What if …?” Or maybe it’s a news article that gets my attention, makes me wonder how someone got to the point where they did X. A character will stir in my mind and tell me his/her “what if”. In a way, it’s derivative in that I’m getting ideas from other writers. But my character is original and he tells his own story. He doesn’t inhabit that other writer’s universe. He lives in mine. His actions are motivated by his own personality. As I’ve often said – my characters tell me their stories and I write them down. Without a “living” character in my mind sharing the details of his “life”, there would be very little writing going on. In that way, I am utterly original.

Iconoclast

I’m also not very mainstream — as a person, I’m an iconoclast. How many anarchist-admiring libertarian Southern Baptist evangelical Christian American-Indian-white Alaskans have you encountered in your lifetime? Yeah, I didn’t think so. That’s bound to show up in my writing and it does.

I took up a topic in Transformation Project that you don’t see a lot of novelists tackling outside the zombie apocalypse trope. I have an apocalyptic scenario where government is not the answer — where even the government of the small town at the center of the series can’t save the community. Not going to tell you how I resolve that problem, but I think voluntaryist solutions represent a distinct minority opinion in dealing with large-scale crises. We human beings, particularly of the modern-American type tend to think big government solutions are the only way to solve problems. I disagree because I see the “what if.” In this, I am writing for myself — what I would like to see in some parts of the world if society went seriously off the rails. When I’m writing my first draft, it is all about creativity and what I, the writer, want to put on the page.

Mercenary on Rewrite

That said, I only deserve to get paid for my work if I provide value through that work, which means I do, to a certain extent, need to be aware of what readers are looking for in a novel. What good is it to write a book that nobody else wants to read? Successful writers recognize that the success of their book(s) depends almost entirely on conforming to audience expectations. Being aware of that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, innovative — original — but, yes, honing my originality so the audience will enjoy the read is paramount for having an audience.

And that’s where rewrite comes in. When I sit down with my gravel-draft (the roughest of the rough draft), some of my main questions are:

  • Would anyone besides me want to read this story?
  • What about this section? Yes, I love the dialogue — the back and forth between these two characters is wonderful — from my perspective. So what about everybody’s else’s perspective? Do I really need to describe the Eiffel Tower in all its detail to an audience that can google it and see it for themselves? I can feel the cold Shane is experiencing in this scene, but will someone who has spent their whole life in Texas feel the cold if I don’t describe it?
  • While I prefer to use proper grammar when I write is my adherence to those rules slowing down the reading? What if I tweaked these past tense sentences to make them more present tense since it’s clear the character is thinking about the past?
  • Do the details of how the Delaneys are coping with having no running water or electricity really need to consume 20 pages? Doesn’t that constitute an info-dump? Hey, look at that. I wove the entire thing into three sentences scattered through a chapter and I won’t bore my audience!

That’s paring a creative work with audience-aware editing. I remain free to express myself creatively, experiencing Wordworth’s “spontaneous overflow of powerful emotion”, but I don’t let creativity hinder what I deliver to the audience.

And, really, why are independent authors publishing their books on Amazon if not to have people other than their family and friends read the book? I don’t want to disappoint those strangers (especially since they’re willing to pay me money for what they read) and so, I combine creativity with more prosaic skills like editing and market analysis.

Announcing a Book Launch

If you want to see what creativity and rock-solid writing skills produce together, Gathering In (Book 5 of Transformation Project) debuts tomorrow Tuesday, October 22 and is currently on pre-order. You’ll save $1 over its launch price ($2.99) and $2 over its full retail price $3.99). It will also be available in paperback come Tuesday. All earlier books in the series will be on $1.99 sale from launch through Cyber Monday.

Life As We Knew It

Objects in View

A Threatening Fragility

Day’s End

#Pre-Order #Sale #Kindle   Leave a comment

Day’s End (Book 4 of Transformation Project) is on Pre-Order for $2 off until November 20 launch.

The rest of the series is $1 off until launch.

Darkness Falls. 

They fought the USDA, but winning the battle didn’t assure their survival. The fundamental transformation of America is still underway and the next blow may be worse than the first. When the power grid goes down and stays down, people begin fleeing the cities in search of food and heat, forcing Emmaus, Kansas to re-evaluate what is important to them and what they owe strangers on the road going by the town.

While some distant community members undertake perilous journeys home through a human landscape that is rapidly becoming unrecognizable, others face life-altering decisions right where they are.

Darkness is falling and a new day will dawn, seared in blood and fire.

#ComingSoon & #Free #Book #Series #Sale   1 comment

Front Cover of Day's EndDay’s End is back from the editor and under final rewrite. I’ve a few things to tweak before I can start formatting, so it may be November before it’s published. In the meantime, Life As We Know It (first book in Transformation Project series) will be free tomorrow in celebration of moving into the final phase of book construction. I’ll also discount Objects in View and A Threatening Fragility for those who would like to read up before the new book comes out.

Watch for a preorder sale of Day’s End in coming weeks.

Posted October 2, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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#Book #Sale #$1.99 Thru 7.4.18   Leave a comment

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Chaos changes everything!

Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.

He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forge their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

#Book #Sale #$1.99 Thru 7.4.18   1 comment

Chaos changes everything!

Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.

He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forge their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

Posted June 28, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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#Friday #Free #Apocalyptic #Book   Leave a comment

lifeasweknewit

Grab the first book in the series for FREE today. Amazon

Posted April 20, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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#Apocalyptic #Sale   2 comments

All books in Transformation Project series are on 99-cent sale this week.

Life As We Knew It (Book 1)

lifeasweknewitChaos changes everything!

Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.
He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forge their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

AMAZON

 

Objects in View (Book 2)

objectsinviewThirty million people died in the initial attacks. How will the survivors live in the aftermath?

The rain passes and the people of Emmaus emerge to find the world looks much the same as when they hid behind concrete.

Then reality sets in.

Death crept in while they hid. Signs of returning normality offer hope, but the transformation of the United States is underway and electricity and food supplies are the least of their problems.

If your world suddenly spun out of control, where would you go?

AMAZON

 

A Threatening Fragility (Book 3)

A Threatening Fragility Front CoverWhat do you do when what you need for survival clashes with official policy?

The town of Emmaus has survived terrorism and radioactive rain with no help from the government, but that’s all about to change. Things appear to be looking up as power and communications are restored, but a devastating corn field fire puts the town’s survival at risk just as the USDA’s cow cops arrive to coordinate crop redistribution. While Shane and Rob work to save the town, Cai — on the run from the Army for Shane’s actions — comes face-to-face with the reality of martial law.

What’s a law-abiding town of individualists supposed to do when the rules of civil society change? The people of Emmaus must decide.

AMAZON

 

Entire #Series on 99-cent Sale   Leave a comment

All three books of Transformation Project on on 99-cent sale this week, April 9-15, 2018.

https://www.amazon.com/Lela-Markham/e/B00OQWYP68/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1522869974&sr=8-1

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Looking for Support on 99-cent Sale   9 comments

All three books in Transformation Project will be on 99-cent sale next week. You can help spread the word by allowing me to borrow your social media network for a moment.

https://www.daycause.com/lelamarkham/99-cent-sale-of-great-apocalyptic-series

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/68260-objects-april-99-cent-sale

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/68259-april-lawki-99-cent-sale

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Of course, you’re always welcome to buy the books too, but you know – SALE!

https://www.amazon.com/Lela-Markham/e/B00OQWYP68/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1522869974&sr=8-1

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Hullabaloo Tugawar Front CoverHullabaloo on Main Street, a political #satire, is on #99-cent sale Monday, February 12-19, 2018.

Posted February 10, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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