Posted by: Sandy Graham | December 14, 2021

Writing Style

You Speak for Me Now is on the market in paperback and Kindle format!

Guess it speaks for me now.

It enjoys something foreign to my earlier books, attention to marketing. They, poor souls, were left to fend for themselves. Even enjoying high ratings and praise, they essentially remained lost in the sea of books floating about.

So, for the first time, I’ve brought a publicity agent into the fray as an experiment. To date, it’s cost roughly $4,500. Each $15.00 book generates $1.50 in royalties, so I need to sell 3,000 copies to break even (a daunting tasks with zero sales so far). That’s right, Amazon keeps 90% of the revenue and passes 10% to the author. How else can Bezos keep his 250 plus billion net worth growing. Poor fellow, if any of us were lucky enough to be able to invest a million dollars each year, we could match him in something over 250,000 years. That’s why the greed of Bezos, Musk and their ilk, together with large corporations, is driving economic disparity to nation destroying levels.

But I digress. Let’s return to my microscopic little universe and review progress with You Speak for Me Now. So far it has resulted in three major reviews, three email interviews, and a half hour live radio interview. The reviews can be read on my website (www.SandysPen.com). Two are very positive, the third a little less, citing the reviewer thought the extensive use of dialog tedious.

“Tedious” dialog is surprising. I believe dialog allows the reader to engage with the characters and live through their triumphs and pitfalls. If anything, it makes the story move faster.  Mark Twain thought that also. Why did this reviewer feel differently? Probably he or she is constantly reviewing books and perhaps uses more of a scanning or speed-reading approach. That would explain it since dialog trips up a speed-reader who can skip over the background descriptive narrative without fear of missing key points. Bottom line: If your goal is to set a book volume record, skirt around my books. It it’s to enjoy living with the characters, home in on them.

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