08 March, 2020

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Affect (And Infect?) Your Readers by @ArmandAuthor

*** Special Feature - March 2020 ***

About the Book:
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Sunny Florida, beautiful beaches, no traffic on A1A... Zombies roaming the dunes in search of the living... Darlene Bobich in a fight to survive, find food, safety and ammo for her Desert Eagle before its too late...

Dying Days are upon us... The Undead Roam the Earth... Searching for the Living... To Eat... To Feast... To Rip Apart... Extreme Violence... Extreme Sexual Situations... Extreme Undead...

Continuing the Darlene Bobich story begun in "Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer..". And soon to be an independent film!

Affect (And Infect?) Your Readers

First off, let’s be honest… unless you’re writing about zombies (or, Heaven forbid) your readers are actual zombies, try not to infect anyone. In a physical sense.
I’m thinking more along the lines of infecting them because they start with your first zombie book and they can’t stop buying the next one and the next one.
Otherwise, let’s talk about affecting your readers.
Much nicer.
What’s the worst thing that can happen when a reader is finished with your book? It’s not that they disliked it. A reader who didn’t like your book will usually leave a review. It might be a one-star review, but it’s still a review. A potential reader might read the review and think to themselves but I am a big fan of violence, or I like a ton of sex and profanity in my main character or how did you not know this was a horror book or any variation of that. All good.
Obviously, affecting a reader who loves it is also what you want. They’ll leave a glowing five-star review and talk about all the wonderful violence, sex and profanity in your book because they’re huge horror fiction fans.
I’m talking about the reader that you never want in your corner of the world…
The reader who isn’t affected at all by your book.
They’ve read the book, they put it down, they shrug their shoulders and go onto the next book. It might even be the next in your series, but it does you no good.
In order for you to sell not only to this reader, but to many potential and future readers, you need to affect each reader, either good or bad. You want them to come away loving the good guys and hating the bad guys, feeling sad when something horrible happens and happy when it’s something good.
A great writer writes characters the reader will grow to love and/or hate. They’ll become a part of them. Old friends. The reader will have no choice but to dive into the next book as soon as they reach the end of the story. They want to see what happens next to these people they’ve grown attached to.
Even if it’s a standalone story, the reader will fall in love with your Voice. No matter the genre or the story, they’ll get to know your cadences, your beats, the way you work a story and how you treat their friends and enemies (in the pages of the book).
How do you get them to care? By writing the best story you can write. By adding emotion and depth to the people who inhabit the story. By sharing your Voice with your readers and potential readers.
Unless, of course, you write about zombies. Then you need to infect them with your Voice.

About the Author:

Armand Rosamilia writes about zombies but he also writes about crime fiction, contemporary fiction, supernatural thrillers and nonfiction. He hopes readers love his Voice.

He can be reached all over social media, wherever the cool kids are hanging. He’ll be lingering near the back. 


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