Monday, October 4, 2010

What do YOU do?

I was reading a post on IttyBiz that challenged readers to answer a very scary question. What do you actually do? Since I am not a scaredy-cat, I thought I’d try and give it a shot. Here goes.

(If you decide to answer these too, let me know! I'd love to see what my readers are up to. :)

What’s your game? What do you do?
  • I write women's fiction with depth, humor, and heart. Each of those descriptive words matters to me: "depth" means I take on serious topics, "humor" means I aim for a lighter tone, and "heart" means that I do everything I can to make my people real and true and people you can imagine knowing.
Why do you do it? Do you love it, or do you just have one of those creepy knacks?
  • I do love it. There are certainly moments I don't love, but overall it's utterly amazing. :)
Who are your customers? What kind of people would need or want what you offer?
  • My customers are primarily women, and they enjoy reading about real-life situations and real people. I don't know this for sure but I suspect most aren't too into fantasy novels as well (although it's certainly cool if they are!) since I get lots of comments about liking the realistic nature of my books. I think people who like books that make them laugh but also make them think would need and want what I offer.
What’s your marketing USP? Why should I buy from you instead of the other losers?
  • USP=unique selling point, I'm pretty sure. People should buy from me instead of from other writers at least partly because I can't bring myself to call them "losers". :) More, though, I work really hard to make my books real and deep and powerful, and the people who've read them so far have responded to that. I can't imagine I'll ever write about a vampire or were-animal because it's so important to me that the books resonate as truth. They're fiction, but I want them to be real.
What’s next for you? What’s the big plan?
  • More of the same! Today I start brainstorming for my next book. I'm 95% sure I know what it'll be about, since when I try to think of anything else my stomach kind of twists (my tell-tale sign that I'm going in the wrong direction) but I'm going to test out a few other ideas too so I know I'm getting the best one.
  • As far as the publishing side of things goes, I'm going to continue to release my books when I'm sure they're ready, and I have no intent of raising my prices higher than the current $0.99 for ebooks. If my distributors make me, then I will but only to the lowest possible level. I want as many people as possible to read my books, and I think my lower prices help with that.
Again, if anyone else wants to answer these, you can take them from here or check them out at the original post. I'd love to know what you're up to. :)

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