For those of you new to this blog, we’ve been discussing how to write SuperArticles that help promote our fiction. For the last few days, we’ve focused on Carrie’s novel on a forensic artist who stumbles onto the killing grounds of a serial killer.
I’ve been reading the comments suggesting ideas for Carrie’s SuperArticle. I like the YouTube idea. That could take a lot of work, but it could also be cool. I also like the idea of “How To Spot A Liar” which is the subject of a DVD Carrie produced. Hmmm, maybe a short YouTube clip on how to spot a liar? That could be very popular, if it were entertaining.
I haven’t researched keyphrases on WordTracker that involve liars or lying, and now my one-month subscription has expired. (I used it to research keyphrases for all the topics on any of my web sites, and now I have a vast wealth of ideas for articles.)
I do think Josh had a killer idea. Carrie, if you try that, be sure to give Josh FULL credit. And you don’t need to mention my name at all.
One point I should highlight is that if you’re trying to promote a novel, then writing a SuperArticle targeted to novelists isn’t the best strategy. (That’s a great strategy if you’re trying to promote a book on how to write fiction. My Snowflake SuperArticle has made me so famous in the writing world that I now have little choice but to write a series of “how to write fiction” books. But that wasn’t the original intent. The original intent was to not have to answer emails from people who had heard about the Snowflake by word of mouth. Little did I know how much email the Snowflake article would generate.)
My recommendation for promoting fiction is to write a SuperArticle that will target the same people who might want to read your novel. Of course, there are no guarantees on how successful that’ll be, but the world is full of people who succeeded by putting their own peculiar genius into something that was already known to work, but giving it that extra little twist that made it their own.
Valerie Fentress says
Thanks for all the ideas. I’ve enjoyed brainstorming along side Carrie. But I have a question.
How do you write super articles, when you’re not a leading expert in a certain field, just a person, whose imagination can’t/won’t shut off.
This is my current struggle and frustration. I have the ideas and the ability to write, but my expertise is ‘limited’ by publishers’ standards.
Do we have to be qualified to write the stories we desire to tell?
Or are their other ways to prove ourselves to the publishing world?
Andra M. says
I echo Valerie. I have no expertise other than a vivid imagination and unpublished (as yet) books to offer.
Carrie Stuart Parks says
Thank you so much, Randy, for hosting this marketing adventure.
Now comes the work!
Randy, your puns slay me. I’m dying laughing…
Okay, here’s a question:
Could a short story – almost a flash fiction – be a Superarticle?
Also, I’m a bit behind, but w/ the 1-sentence summary thing, what do you recommend when you have multiple main POV’s? Just go with the most interesting or key one?
Here’s what I’ve pulled from my WIP – It’s just one of the main characters:
“A disillusioned widow is ordered to enforce a tyrant’s religious code.”