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My story is quite different

Posted by Enigmus on Oct 10, 2016 6:37:12 AM

Dear All,

My story is different in so many aspects that I am left without any axis to build upon the next step.

I have written a fantasy saga. That is normal, though fantasy sagas like Lord of The Ring is not that common. But they are there.

It is also in English. Which is ... well you know ... quite common.

The first thing that makes it different is that I am not a professional writer, I am an engineer. Which makes me totally out of place within the sophisticated curves of your world, the world of literature and publication.

The second thing is that I am Egyptian, which makes writting in english, since my first language is arabic, quite an odd choice. Yet it is done and I think that is not common yet had had its toll in making things even more difficult (specially in marketing - surely my main market is not in Egypt)

The third thing and the most important is the flavor of the fantasy itself. It is a parallel world full of magic, fantastic creatures and mysteries though I have tried to avoid any cliche. It took me five years to come up with a unique world setting full of surprises and genuine ideas not found in any similar fictional world.

Yet that is not the essence of the story.

My story is quite philosophical with deep insights and hidden messages. It is quite dramatic and in some points, melancholic.

This mix of the genre and the philosophical / humane aspect along with my back ground which is reflected in many ways within the story line makes it quite difficult to market.

Fantasy fans are not neccesssarily attracted to deep dramatic and philosophical stories. Drama fans will surely not look for their next book in the fantasy section. And surely people looking for some strong philosophical messages will not see beyond the obvious mythical look of the book's cover.

Even agents and publishing houses will be confused when they review my book. Also due to the target audience issue.

Sometimes I ask myself: What have I done? What have I created?

Now, the question is: Is there any real market for such a blend?

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Oct 10, 2016 9:58 AM enkidu    says:

   The short answer is, you won't know until you stick a toe in the water.  I suspect you are used to planning everything out to a 'T' since your name and reputation are on the line for a project.  Although you can spend a lot of time and perhaps, dollars researching marketing ideas/channels, the whimsical nature of markets, like fashion, for example, precludes you will never find your 'real market, whatever that is.  Consider the stock market:  What is today's 'darling' might well be tomorrow's boondoggle.  Consider some of the things that have been marketed.  Is anyone buying Pet Rocks anymore?  Even well-established brands reinvent their marketing strategies from time to time.  What works today might not work tomorrow. You might find that trying out plan A, followed by analysis leading to Plan B and C is more rewarding.

   You could begin by posting a 2-300 word excerpt in the Preview feature of this Forum.  Learn how to produce a link to your work like here  Post #5.  Feedback from visitors might help you gain insight on how your work is received.  I anticipate your usage of the English language might be your biggest stumbling block.  You express yourself well in English, but little things like capitalizing 'i" when used as a pronoun will negatively impact your effort.  Before you go any further, I suggest you obtain the services of someone competent in English to look over your manuscript.  Also, research the Forum's Marketing and Distribution threads where you will find a plethora of ideas and techniques others have tried.

   Like the actor with butterflies in his/her stomach on opening day, you'll never know what the reception is until the reviews are in.  Be adventurous, give it a shot and, don't give up your day-job until you've stashed the royalties from the movie under your mattress.—enkidu  

Oct 11, 2016 4:02 AM Enigmus    says in response to enkidu:

First I would like to thank you for your reply. I agree with all what you said.

Well I do not have any choice but to move forward.

When I followed the link you copied I found some useful tips yet again nothing that fits my blended genre. Here is a link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GXQ7RZK

If you read the description and just the first page you will understand my point.

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