Monthly Archives: May 2013

Niche Market Publishing–LGBTQ and Others

My chosen market for writing is plain vanilla: I write murder mysteries with no special lifestyle twist. There is also a untold number of other writers competing with me.

One way to achieve success is to write for a niche market.

In a recent conversation, a friend said to me, “Have you considered writing man on man romances?” My answer was I hadn’t. I am not a man. My friend informed me that a segment of women writers were writing man on man love stories with financial success.

I forgot about that conversation until today. While researching the author of the Argo story, I stumbled upon an article about a publishing house owned by two women. I clicked on the link (pasted below at the end of this post) and learned that the publishers specialize in children’s books for LGBTQ families.

I was familiar with LGBT, but was uncertain what the Q was.

According to

LGBTQ is a short form or acronym that means:

L”esbian “G”ay “B”isexual “T”ransgender, “Q”ueer or “Q”uestioning

Once again, I was reminded that niche markets exist everywhere. One Twitter follower of mine is I. M. Telling. Telling writes stories exclusively about bi-racial sexual relationships. Another niche market.

By now, everyone knows about the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, a self-published hit in erotica that touches on specialized sexual niches. According to The Guardian, Fifty Shades “contributed to an overall rise in digital and print sales in 2012.”  Wow! How is that for the power of a niche market?

The unusual nature of the niche markets described here is to make you realize that, as an author, you can write about anything, and there is likely an audience for it. If you are finding it hard to break the financial success barrier in a plain vanilla market like mine, you may want to consider exploring a niche market for which you have an aptitude and interest.

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Literary Agents: The Writer’s Ultimate Ambiguous Relationship

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Literary Agents: The Writer’s Ultimate Ambiguous Relationship.

Yahoo! It was nice to get another mention in another author’s blog post. Oh, happy day!


Coming Soon–A Novel and a Short Story

Over the next two weeks, I am going to PUSH to get the editing finished on the novel, so that I can put it into the hands of an editor. Also, I have a 8,000 word short story that I also want to release about the same time as the novel as a $.99 special on

The short story is titled “Strange.” I am thinking of a marketing teaser that goes something like this:

Everything in this story is strange, from the name of the town to the personality of the male character to the abnormal fear of the female character to the strangely fatal  miscommunication between them.

If you were a reader, how would that strike you? Does it make you curious about the content? Are you tempted to read the story? Let me hear from you. Your feedback is helpful to me. Thanks.

My goal for getting the short story onto is the end of June. There is much to do between now and then. I’ll share my learning curve–and mistakes–with you. Better you learn from my mistakes than have to make your own.

There will be cover art to commission, editing and formatting to accomplish, and finally uploading the manuscript. Then comes the marketing. If I come across as a little overwhelmed in the next few weeks, the impression will be accurate.

How One Dad Published a Successful Child’s Book

When you don’t know you can fail, you may be an outrageous success. A dad wanted to create a book for his own son. He wrote the text in 30 minutes. Getting the book illustrated stymied him. He wasn’t an artist. Then he thought, kids aren’t artists either, but they draw all the time. He decided to illustrate the book himself.

First he showed the book to friends, who said it was good. Then he showed it to several children’s literature publishers, who said it wasn’t. So he self-published. He sold his book all over the world. Eventually a big publisher called on him and published his book.

A couple of videos follow that share his story:

Self-Published Authors Dominate Best-Seller List

From Digital Book World

The top ten best-selling books for the week ending 4/28/13:

1 The Hit David Baldacci Hachette $9.19
2 Damaged H.M. Ward Self-published $0.99
3 The Bet Rachel Van Dyken Self-published $0.99
4 Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts Penguin $12.99
5 Twisted Perfection Abbi Glines Self-published $3.99
6 Real Katy Evans Self-published $3.99
7 The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald Simon & Schuster $7.99
8 Alex Cross, Run James Patterson Hachette $7.49
9 Six Years Harlan Coben Penguin $12.99
10 Don’t Say a Word Barbara Freethy Self-published $0.99

One of My Blog Posts Got Quoted!

In Virginia, the Price William Regional Library has an on-line newspaper that features lots of articles and announcements of interest to writers. Someone picked up one of my recent blog posts and featured it in the newspaper. How exciting!

Go to the link below and scroll down to the “Stories” section. You’ll recognize my mug in the left hand column.