Right out of the gate I have to say Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all the people that follow my blog. My computer went a bit haywire around Dec. 22 and I had to get it into the shop. It’s been fitted with a brand new keyboard which feels so great under my fingers that I guess I’ll have to break it in by writing a new novel. One can hope.
It seems that I have strayed over the last few months – what started out as a forum for keeping anyone who might be interested up-to-date on the progress of my Indie Adventure has recently turned into a fountain of how-to info about building a Twitter following and all things marketing. And you know what? That’s ok! I have learned over the last year that the one thing the great Traditionally published writers do really well is MARKET.
They may not even do it consciously but they have one thing and one thing only in mind when they write their books … THE READER. They realize that the reader needs to identify … and the first greatest factor that they need to identify with is the main character.
That may have been what is lacking in my books. The field of DOG FICTION is limited in its possible readership from the get-go. Add to that the fact that my main human characters haven’t always been characters that my target audience could relate to and you can see where the problem is.
BUT … And this is the really fun part … I have three new projects gearing up for 2016.
First I have a story outside my comfort zone.
I am calling it ‘I was a Teenage Superhero’ – This is a Young Adult coming of age story that takes place in High School. Should have large relatability there.
My second is another Dog Fiction novel called ‘The Secret of Sammi’s Silent Song – Scenes from a Stray Dog’s Life – That one has an ensemble case with something for eveyone.
And now here is the NEW idea that has come to me recently.
My novel LOBO was set in 2010 – 2011 and the main character Antonia was then 7 years old. So by 2016 – 2017 she would be about 14 years old. I feel a sequel coming on. What it will be about I have no idea but if it follows the style of the original it will have a lot of current events. So here’s hoping next year gives me some grist for my mill.
On the marketing front I am about to hit 20.000 followers on Twitter. Very cool. I have a plan to not only overhaul my writer’s platform but REVOLUTIONIZE AND SET A NEW STANDARD. I am not going to let the cat out of the bag just yet but I will unveil the new developements as they go on-line.
So that’s the plan. And of course I will keep on blogging here and at https://inglesalpoderdetres.wordpress.com/ – I also have some surprises for my language students and a plan to cross over my markets. Anyone thinking about learning Spanish? I have a book(s) coming out soon that you might like.
Here’s wishing an AWESOME 2016 to you all.
David Gordon Burke
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