Today we chat with the "better half" of the USA Today bestselling author team, Karpov Kinrade. Karpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife entertainment duo Lux and Dmytry Karpov-Kinrade, aka The KK Duo.
Highlights from our chat:
Do your research. Know what's selling and understand why it sells.
Look for the story hooks that get people excited.
Understand and utilize the themes and tropes readers want, some of which the readers might not even know they are reading for.
Don't limit yourself to the tropes and themes of your genre. Draw inspiration from other genres and look for ways to incorporate them.
The importance of wish fulfillment and escapism.
It's not enough to write well; your work needs to meet a need within the reader.
Considerations when choosing the next project:
-What do we know we can market?
-What is selling well right now?
- What are we going to enjoy writing?
Advice to indies:
-Do your research. Know what makes a bestseller.
-Constantly work to improve your craft.
-Be flexible. What works for one author might not work for another. What works today might not work tomorrow.
-Experiment. Learn from your mistakes.
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