Q: Why did you want to write a business fiction book?
Q: When did you start writing it? How long did it take?
|Author of Buzz, Lura Fischer|
Q: During the process of writing the book, did it change a lot or did your original vision for it stay the same?
LF: Once I vowed to write my business-fiction book, I had a dream. Two momentous things happened in the dream: One, I saw my book represented by a codex. On its vellum pages, I saw both text and concentric symbols in medallions, dotting the pages (similar to the Phaistos Disk, from the Ancient History Encyclopedia). I knew intuitively my book would house disparate story elements, some mystical, which would ultimately provide my heroine’s symbolic journey, about good prevailing over malicious-ignorance in the workplace. Two, an actual explosion occurred in my brain, and I inwardly saw a blinding light flash across its curving interior---like a light-wave tsunami within my skull! So my vision for my book was granularly embedded within me. I had little recourse, then, but to try and ferret out what was encoded there and write it down, as best I could, over the course of my book’s developmental life.
Then create a great blurb for your book and vet it with everyone you can, to see if the blurb captures the essence of your book. Hire a developmental editor and a line editor (can be the same person) and don’t rely on friends and/or family to give you the unvarnished truth about what works in your book, and what doesn’t. There are terrific, economical, websites out there, promoting skilled people as your team of experts.
Sure, I feel like a shameless hussy at times, putting up a Facebook announcement with my book’s ranking (actually a friend helped me with this), or going to promotional websites that advertise your free day to booksellers and readers. As a self-published author, writing the book was the easy part. Sort of like buying a horse for thousands of dollars only to discover its daily ongoing maintenance is mindboggling.
In only one week, I feel like I birthed a gigantic, unwieldy baby, and am now bending over backward to subsidize its college fund. The life of your book is just that--a living thing that needs your attention before, during and after.
After you get your writing team together, get a support team! You’ll need it.
LF: First of all, welcome pioneer! You’ve found a niche that has so much potential.
This genre needs to be explored and championed by you. If you are not an academic, like me, you’ll need to trust yourself as never before. It is easy to look at the competition in this field and feel rather stupid, because only a handful of “experts” stand out. So what! A good story is a good story is a good story. Go for it!
What if business fiction is not your dream? Believe me, I understand that too, because my next trilogy is a mystical romance. You can always find a way to link your memoir, your short stories, or your suspense thriller to a budding genre.
Go online and see which genres are adolescents, then intentionally make a bridge to it in your writing, somehow, someway, so that you can target a market that is expanding and not oversaturated. It is highly competitive out there and I realized Women in Business is a growing, often undervalued, market.
Go beyond the scope of being an author to being a creative traveler, navigating beyond your written word. Explore!
Check out Lura's book here.