Genre Guides and Essentials
Genre Guides and Essentials

Genre Guides and Essentials

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One of the many Genre Guides available to members

Here is where Written Well sets itself apart from the competition. Our Genre Guides are complete guides to how to succeed in every genre being written. How to write it, how to publish it, how to market it—we’ve got it all covered. Whether you’re writing thrillers or cookbooks, litRPG or reverse harem romance, we’ve got a guide for you.

And that’s not all. In the Essentials section, we teach you the skills you need to succeed in any genre. Advertising, marketing, grammar, and a whole lot more. And it’s not just sitting there. We constantly monitor our information compared to today’s book market and adjust it to keep you up to date with all the latest skills, equipment, and knowledge you need to make a living writing.

What’s in a Genre Guide?

Let’s break it down piece by piece. First of all, we give you an overview of the genre, what it is and what readers expect from it. We suggest point of views and tenses that work best, average word count, type of protagonists and antagonists the readers expect. We get into prose style, scene content, and even sentence structure in some of them. From just this, you should have a great idea of how to write a book in this genre, but we’re just getting started.

We go in depth on whether you should write in this genre—whether your personality type lends itself to success and happiness working in this kind of book. Most successful independent authors specialize; you’ll want to love what you’re writing because you’re going to write a lot of it.

We tell you what every book in this genre must have. These are the things that define the genre, the things that readers of that genre absolutely have to have. After that, we have a complete listing of the common tropes you should be using as well as the cliches to avoid. You’ll avoid a lot of first-time author fails with this list alone. Matching reader expectations and avoiding annoying them with overdone themes is key to a book’s success.

If you want to succeed as a self-published author, you need to drill down into sub-genres to market your book. These often come with their own set of distinctive qualities as well as additional must haves, tropes, and cliches. We list all the subgenres, and if they’re different enough, they get their own genre guide. The Fantasy Genre Guide currently has nine additional genre guides for its subgenres, as well as notes on the numerous other subgenres.

But there’s not just subgenres. A lot of authors are now combining genres for both more interesting books and better marketing opportunities. We cover the genre combos that people are doing and suggest some of our own.

Finally, we provide blueprints and story builders based on the story structures best suited to the genre to kickstart your writing process.

But wait, there’s more…

After all that, we get into the business side of the genre, breaking down what the numbers mean for a person trying to break into this genre. How many sales in a day does it take to crack the Amazon Bestseller List in this genre? What’s the average monthly sales? What’s the average bid for advertising clicks?

There’s a lot to go over here, and some of it gets quite technical. Luckily, there are always links back to the Essentials sections where we simplify these processes and tell you step by step how to decode and utilize the massive amount of information that sites like Amazon give you access to. There’s also a glossary for those key terms and acronyms that get thrown around so much. And the forums where you can ask questions if you get confused. We’ve tried to design the site so that there’s almost no chance of you getting lost.

For covers, blurbs, and descriptions—so key to selling a book—we have videos and articles breaking down what the bestsellers look like and what their sales copy says. We tell you how the market research works in this genre so you can “write to market”—targeting your book to the right audience before you write it.

And of course, that’s not all. We also have a study materials page with essential materials to continue your learning beyond our guide.

And we do this for every genre.

Yeah, every one of them. It’s a big job, but we didn’t build this site to cover some of the genres. What’s the sense of that?

Essentials

Our Essentials are guides to the essential skills you need to make a living as a self-published writer. There are articles, lessons, videos—whatever is the best way to teach you how to write, publicize, and sell your books. From a complete guide to novel writing to a walk-through of starting your first Amazon Ad campaign, we cover all the skills you need to be successful. As above, why would we leave you only partially educated? We’re not going to teach you how to write a book and then leave you on your own to sell it. And we’re going to make sure you have a good book to sell. It all works together.

So, are you ready to join Written Well and start your journey toward success as a self-published author?

Coming in summer 2024!