Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Monday, April 30, 2012

Zoology is a Limited Demographic

Write what you want but realize that if you write a book that has a very limited demographic-- a zoology textbook, for example-- that you're not going to get many Kindle sales. In fact, publishers determine how best to market your book based on the demographic.

And thus ends the shortest post of the month, because I am all alphabetized out. I can hardly believe it's the last post. It's been really fun to write 30 posts about The Making and Selling of Books.

Congratulations to all the A to Z-ers! I have the Linky List on my sidebar and plan to continue my blog visits following down the list. I've found some amazing new bloggers this month. This has been a fantastic Challenge this year. I have loved participating and being part of the hosting team.

And don't forget May 7, when we can all write a post reflecting about our experiences with the Challenge.


26 comments:

  1. We did it!
    And you went zooming over a thousand followers this month as well. Congratulations.

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  2. I hear ya about being alphabetized out! I have a book tour going on next week so I used my post today as a wrap-up. How are you doing, Karen? Jen xx

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful Challenge once again. I was lucky to find a wonderful subject, Sweden, that gave me a chance to look back and reflect. I know that I inspired my readers to want to visit there, and if not, to at least buy/borrow the books I wrote about. A wonderful feeling, but best of all was what I learned about myself. Thank you.

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  4. Well done you!!! You've got to the end with such style!!! Yay!!! Take care
    x

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  5. Congrats on finishing, Karen. Love your new photo header - hubby and I are heading to Moab on a vacation very soon. It's our starting point. Can't wait.
    Karen

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  6. Congrats on a successful A-Z challenge!

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  7. Yours was your shortest post, and mine was my longest!
    I don't think I'll write any zoology books! See you at the reflections post!

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  8. Whew! Made it through the alphabet! That's the most exercise I've gotten in a long time. (All that hopping from blog to blog, ya know...) Congrats on a job well done.

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  9. Congratulations, Karen, and thanks for your inspiring posts!

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  10. Congrats on surviving the whole challenge!

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  11. Hello, Karen! Congrats to you and the entire hosting team!!! You all did an awesome job. It's been another super fun Blogging Challenge!

    Have a wonderful week and happy A to Z!!

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  12. I'm laughing a bit here because I posted about Zoology for Z today. :P Hopefully I didn't make it too long and drive away readers!

    Congratulations on finishing the Challenge!


    The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

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  13. Congrats on making it to Z. I enjoyed reading your posts during the challenge. You gave me a lot of useful things to think about.

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  14. Hi Karen! Great way to wrap up the A to Z challenge. Short and sweet and straight to the point. : )

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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  15. Your posts have been so great and informative. :) I need to reread some of them and take notes. Thanks Karen!

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  16. Hi Karen .. Zoology a great topic .. I wonder if there isn't a niche market there with local marketing?!

    Anyway - fun time we've had .. and if you've really visited 1,000 bloggers - all I can say is many many congratulations ... I've had a great time though.

    Cheers - and see you soon .. Hilary

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  17. I'm so glad to hear that others plan on visiting in June - I got through the month but not much visiting happened for me. I particularly want to read yours all in one swoop as I think it will be like a mini-book on book-craft!

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  18. Good ender. I, too, have enjoyed your posts - so much good info. Do we have to link in for the May 7th post, or simply write our reflection? Thank you!

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  19. Well done A-Z, Karen! Thanks for the post about Zoology textbooks. Maybe I won't submit mine...

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  20. Thanks, Karen, for that wonderful review. And I promise I'm almost done the next in the series.

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  21. Way to go on making it to Z! Woohoo!

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  22. Karen, Me too on "all alphabetized out. But, it's been a fun month and very rewarding. And me too on continuing to visit the blogs I didn't get to.

    I wish I didn't feel so empty. Just kidding.

    Teresa

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  23. When life is a zoo, everything is Zoology!

    Congrats on putting together the A - Z Challenge. Lots of fun. Thanks.

    Sadly, life got in the way of my blogging — same as last year. I will get to Z this year; just takes a Bear a bit longer.

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

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  24. A lovely set of posts. Sorry I didn't comment much (/at all?) although I did visit. I was too busy writing my own posts.

    Right, I'm off to write that zoology textbook. I think I'll start with A for Aardvark....

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  25. I did have fun. I'm glad it's over, I really need the time to market my book now.

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