Every genre deserves the same love: Even if it is one you don’t write in

How difficult is it to write for the different genres of writing? Is nonfiction more difficult than fiction? Are children the easiest to write for? Does one genre have more research while others have little?

Writing is a time consuming project to embark on. All require that you think out how you going to start, fill in the middle and end. All require research to some degree. You need plots, character development, dialogue and so much more. Each genre deserves the best we can give to it.

Just because it is a children’s book is well a children book doesn’t mean you won’t do research. It doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a hook, plot line, great dialogue and an awesome ending. Just because a book is a non fiction doesn’t mean you need to give it less love than a fiction. Just because you write historical fiction and will need to do a hell of a lot of research does not mean your character development of your characters should take a hit.

Every genre needs to have something that you want for your readers. You want to write a book that someone will pick up, read through and enjoy.

Cutting corners just due to the genre is an insult to the book. Not to mention thinking less of a genre just because you don’t write in it is also an insult.

While children’s, nonfiction, erotica and a host of other genres are not in your wheel house that doesn’t mean they should ever be considered less in one’s eye. They have a fan base regardless if you don’t write in it. And those people deserve the best book possible from the authors who write them.

Podcasting: Another way to brand yourself as an author


I will be doing my first podcast soon. Well, I will be on a podcast to be more exact. It is from a chat radio out of England.

It’s a different avenue for Jasper and me. But something that has been around for a while now, podcasting. I been interested in this in being a guest and in doing it myself.

It won’t be very long but it is a way to shout out my books and myself to a whole new audience and a large one at that.

I learned about it from another author. Just another reason to help each other out. Good things come from it.

I am not sure on the mechanics of how it will work but am excited to do it.

One must come out of one’s comfort zone in anything if you want to advance, succeed or just well live. There are so many avenues for authors now more than ever before.

You can sit on the sideline with your book . Or you can shout it from sea to shining sea in ways you never could have imagined.

Which way will you go?

Do you market others or just yourself?


How do you market yourself as an author?

Some people might think doing reviews for other authors, showcasing some on their site to running a book launch for someone else is not the way to go. Me, me, me and only me was my mantra in the beginning. That was my viewpoint. I was wrong.

People tend to want to shout to the world their books, themselves and well nothing else. And that can work for some authors. But can and will it work for you?

When you shout to the world someone else you are also showcasing yourself.

Offering to review other people’s books you can sometimes have them review your book.

If you do a really nice review, people will come to your site to see what’s going on. If you showcase an author, that author will send traffic your way to show off themselves.

I give a shout out to people on my Twitter feed every Friday. From that I have gained new followers and contacts. From that people have shouted out my name and brand to their feed which has helped with sales and interviews.

I have found my editor and publishers by helping others with their works. Something I would not have imagined doing in the beginning. I have found submitting publishers who have helped me with different avenues on my way to being published. Sharing and passing the love can be very helpful to your brand. From my end it has helped me in so many ways.

Doing it alone is your right. But in doing so you are doing it all on your own. You might be able to do this very well. But you might not. Helping each other can be fun and also productive.

So, at the end of the day one must decide which avenue to go. How it pans out, how you want it to pan out and if you are satisfied with it will all depend on the person who is looking back at you in the mirror.

Sharon C. Williams- Author