SFFMP 73: Mixing Genres, Best Categories for Cross-Genre Fiction, and KDP Select vs. Going Wide with Glynn Stewart

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This week we are joined with Glynn Stewart, author of fantastic and successful novels that mix science fiction and fantasy.

Here’s a taste of what we discussed:

  • Mixing genres and tropes.
  • How to make fantasy and science fiction blend together to make a strong story.
  • How to create a strong fantasy with various rules.
  • To explain the rules of your magic system to readers, or not?
  • Judging concepts by the marketability and knowing where to put your focus.
  • Advice to those who would want to mix genres.
  • Ways to conquer writer’s block.
  • Using Kindle Unlimited and pricing.
  • Places to market cross genres.
  • Designing stand-alones to grow into series–And working with fans who want more!
  • The need for endurance.

If you enjoyed the show, please visit Glynn on his site and check out his several series there and on his Amazon page.

 

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3 comments

  • Scott

    Have to agree with Glynn on the financial value of KDP Select. Pagereads are consistently 35% to 50% of my revenue, and I have yet to demonstrate an ability to do that well by going wide. I get the eggs-in-one-basket argument, but as it stands I can get out whenever I want, so I’m staying in until other distributors can show me to a competitive audience.

  • I know that not all readers have or want a Kindle. Before I had one, I was disappointed if a book was only available on Kindle. It is easier now that we can read Kindle books in a web browser on a computer, but I still prefer to read a book on an ebook reader, not caring which one. I make my ebooks available widely, so that no one is missed out because they don’t have the right device. I would rather have it that way than being exclusive to Amazon. But I can see that for some books, Kindle only can bea better earner. What we really need is Amazon to not stop ebooks being published elsewhere if on Kindle Unlimited.

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