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How to gain traction with readers on Amazon KDP: Passive Marketing, book covers, keywords, and the seven categories

How to gain traction with readers on Amazon KDP: Passive Marketing, book covers, keywords, and the seven categories

How to gain traction with readers on Amazon KDP: Passive Marketing, book covers, keywords, and the seven categories

How to gain traction with readers on Amazon KDP: Passive Marketing, book covers, keywords, and the seven categories

How to get traction?
I guess it's a question that gets asked all the time, and there's no guaranteed, one-size-fits-all answer, but does anyone have any ideas about how I can get more people to at least take a look at my stuff?

I've been posting handy bite-sized episodes from my current project on ProduceMyScript and ReadMyScript for some weeks now, and with two exceptions (thanks guys!) it's just crickets. I mean, sure, those aren't super-active subreddits, but even so.

The material isn't mainstream, it's 'slipstream' (which in this case means a blend of scifi, horror and offbeat comedy, with a generous scoop of magical realism). So is it too opaque? Is there too much weirdness? What am I doing or getting wrong?

If anyone would be good enough to take a look at it and take the trouble to throw some suggestions, comments, questions or well constructed insults my way, I'd really appreciate it.

Title: Big Milk

Premise: Reality crumbles like a Cheshire cheese when a slacker and an eco-terrorist take on the biggest corporate conspiracy of all time.

There are six 5~10 page episodes so far:

Milk From The Future link

Grandma Spoon and the Space-Time Continuum link

Skygrab link

Broken Home link

Man vs Machine link

The Cradle link


Agreeing with this:

>Once you have written your book and plan to publish it on KDP for instance, the number one thing to take care of is the book cover. It must catch the eye of your genre readers. You'll have a 1 to 3 second window to catch your reader. The number two thing is the summary that must hook your reader. If you have succeeded that, they will have a look at the first few paragraphs to check the style and such as the given example.
>We live in the age of tiktok. You have 15s in total.

I will add too, that blurbs (descriptions) can and often are too long.

If you can't describe your entire story in a single sentence that is between 7 to 15 words long, then you'll never gain traction.

This is WHY if you ever run across my Amazon penname, you will notice my blurbs are always just one sentence. Not a paragraph. Not lots of paragraphs. No. Just one sentence. That's it.

For example the one I just published this week reads:

*"[MC name removed for Reddit post], takes shelter from a hurricane, only to be interrupted by [character name removed for Reddit post] also seeking shelter from the storm. Can the law enforcement officer survive spending the night with the world's most powerful mage and most wanted serial killer?"*

Longer then most of my blurbs, this one spans two sentences and tells the reader everything they need to know about the story. The MC is the world's most powerful mage, he's also a serial killer, and he's trapped in a storm, and the officer hunting him, seeking to arrest him, is trapped with him. The readers needs to know nothing more then this to decide if they want to buy the book or not. They don't need to know any lore or backstory or worldbuilding. These 2 sentences sum up the entire plot, and that is ALL the reader needs to know. No back story, no worldbuilding, no info dumping. The entire plot of the story is boiled down and reduced to just two sentences spanning thirty-seven words.

And the one posted before that reads:

*"[MC name removed for Reddit post] carrying only gold coins, finds himself unable to pay for his meal, at a tavern that has a ban on gold."*

That's it. That's the entire description/blurb on Amazon. Nothing else. Nothing to tell you who this guy is, why he's carrying gold coins, why the tavern has a ban on gold coins, what the setting is. Nothing. Again, there is no lore, no back story, no worldbuilding, no info dumping. The entire plot of the story is boiled down and reduced to just one twenty-two word long sentence.

The one I'm publishing this weekend, has already got it's Amazon KDP page built and just waiting for me to tell it to go live. The blurb/description on that one reads:

*"[MC name removed for Reddit post] stops at an abandoned shack to rest and finds it full of ghosts."*

Again: no lore, no backstory, no worldbuilding, no info dumping, nothing to tell you who this guy is. Just one 14 word long sentence telling the entire plot.

These are called "plot hooks" and they are often the thing that can make or break book sales.

Look at the biggest best sellers of any genre on Amazon, and what do you see? Blurbs and descriptions are always short, quick, snappy, one to three sentences, often only one sentence that is under ten words long.

Now look at the gutter sweepers at the bottom of Amazon. The books that can't move 5 copies a year. Read their blurbs and descriptions. The descriptions go on and on and on and on and on yak, yak, yak, yak, yak, yak, yak, describing the character's back story, what he looks like, his whole family tree, all the lore of all the gods and how they created the magic system, even though none of those gods will ever appear in the story and the magic system isn't a part of the plot, then there is the lore dump world building about the cultures and governments and factions and... several dozen paragraphs of several thousand words later... IF the reader even got to the end... the reader is left wondering what in the heck the plot of the story is, what in the heck is the story about... and because they were not hooked by a quick, snappy, one sentence plot hook, they close the page and do not buy the book.

The thing is, that's bad writing. And readers know it.

And readers know, that if the writer is so clueless, that the writer doesn't know not to info dump in their blurb, well, the reader also knows that writer is just as clueless when it comes to info dumping and lore dumping in the book as well.

No one wants to read a lore dump.

Readers want to read a story.

And so readers want to know what the story is.

And this is why the tiktok 15 second rule, should be applied to book blurbs.

Tell your reader in 15 seconds or less what the story is about.

Change that to:

Tell the reader in 15 words or less what the story is about.

1-Well researched long-tail keywords get your book in the reader's search results.

2-On point for your genre cover art grabs the reader attention inviting them to click.

3-A quick, snappy one sentence plot hook, entices them to click the "Look Inside"

4-The 10% free sample look inside, Amazon provides the reader, closes the deal when they see that the story starts in the heat of the action, isn't lore dumping, is well formatted, and has no errors in spelling or grammar.

5-With all these points met the reader buys the book.

6-If the character is well written, and the reader falls in love with him, they'll be back in a day or two to mass one lump buy every single book in your backlog... and if you have 422 books in your backlog like I do, and you list your books at $2.99 like I do (yes, for Literary Fantasy of 15k words/40 pages each) that means you earn $844 in one day, from just one reader, and gained an additional 422 sales, from just one you realize it only took a teeny, tiny, small number of 27k-twenty seven thousand-readers to equal ten million copies sold. Think about that. There is the power of a big backlog and providing readers with good quality.

Keywords, cover art, blurbs, characters readers love to love, clean copy (no spelling or grammar errors), and a big backlog, are the keys to success on Amazon KDP.

>Once you have written your book and plan to publish it on KDP for instance, the number one thing to take care of is the book cover.

I wrote a huge, mega long 7k word answer to this on another thread earlier this week. It's here if you want to read it:

Basically it's a step by step, how I sold 300k copies of one book (in 2014), over a million copies of it's sequel (in 2016), and over ten million total copies across all titles in the series (crossed 10 million February 2021... that's combined all sales of all 422 title since 2010-not 10million of one title).

The TL;DR is this: I researched my niche, made sure my cover art was on point for what readers in my niche expect to see on covers, did mega ton keyword research and got into a lot of cats on Amazon, I make sure my text is clean (well edited, well formatted, no errors in spelling/grammar, etc) created a character that ticked all of his niche's checkboxes that readers want in a character, and then made sure to release 15k volumes near-weekly from 2010 to currently in 2022 and have four hundred and twenty two titles in the series.

Info on how I created the character of the series can be found in the comments on this thread here:

Do be warned, that one is a 7k word answer and the others is an 11k word answer, and each answer spans more then a dozen comments on each of those 2 threads. It'll take you 4 or 5 hours to read the entire thing, but it is the entire step-by-step details of just exactly what it is I do to gain readers, my full marketing step-by-step, and the other is how I created a character that readers fell in love with and couldn't get enough of.

Note: this is all assuming you are looking for readers on Amazon KDP and are using Amazon's keyword and cover art algorithm system to gain those readers without any outside help. I do no marketing outside of Amazon, I don't post my work on Reddit, I don't use social media, I don't have a newsletter, it's all 100% cover art and keyword SEO on Amazon's website alone, that I used to become one of Amazon's top sellers of all time.

One assumes this method could be applied outside of Amazon, but I don't know as I've not tried it outside of Amazon. I know it works on Amazon because I did it, but, I don't know if the same method could be applied to say posting stories on Reddit or your own website to get the same results.

Anyways, hopefully you will be able to take something I did and apply it to your own work and gain better traction with readers.

Good luck!

Okay, I'm back. It's been a couple hours since my other comments. I've read a couple of your links now and have a better idea of what your target audience is.

I would definitely call your stuff Literary Fiction Genre, possibly call it Literary Speculative Sci-Fi?

I'm unfamiliar with the term "SlipStream" Genre which you are using, but a quick Google search, that does seem to be the term others use for similar work, so you are likely using the correct genre term here, I'm just not familiar with it, is all.

What I read seems to have a 1950s/1960s Isaac Asimov/Ray Bradbury style vibe going on. Have you looked into Literary Sci-Fi magazines? I'm thinking that may be a good road to look into for this kind of work.

I used to write short stories for print mags back from 1978 to 1994, but I moved into writing for online website content in 1996, and then switched to short story serials on Amazon KDP in 2010, so it's been a few decades since I moved in print magazine circles and I'm not sure which mags are still going or which would be best to recommend.

But, I used to be a heavy duty subscriber to several dozen print mags back in the 1970s/1980s and your work, is the type of thing I used to see in a lot of those back then. I'm thinking you may want to research what print mags are currently still around, and start querying them.

I will say your outputting very professional quality. *(Which is VERY uncommon for stuff found on Reddit. Reddit tends to be mostly nearly illegible gibberish, riddled with phonetic misspellings and grammar so bad that it's impossible to make heads or tales of what the writer intended to say; so you are leaps and bounds ahead of what I usually find on Reddit and that's a good thing.)*

Your formatting is up to industry standard, and I didn't notice any spelling or grammar issue. Your work feels like you could try sending out to literary mags, college mags, and indie chapbook publishers and try to get it traditionally published.

I think, your work is good. Like I said, it's not the type of genre I read, so I'm not sure how it compares to others in your niche. I'm not your target reader/audience for this sort of thing.

I feel like, your issue is not your work itself, but rather just getting it in front of the type of reader who wants to read this particular genre.

I do write Literary genre, so I know it's a damned difficult genre to get readers for. Especially on Amazon KDP, which is where I focus the bulk of my work these days.

I'm writing Literary Fantasy. It's very much the Literary Slice of Life Vignette genre, but the main character is an Elf Wizard, and a lot of the focus is on his relationship with his 2 primary lovers (a Lich Unicorn and a Sheep Demon), and their survival in a post-post-apocalyptic world that is over run by 21billion zombies, which he accidently created one day when casting a spell while drunk. While there are 7million survivors on the planet, they are scattered in small groups of 100 or fewer, so, the main trio go weeks/months/years between encountering other people/characters and it comes off as very much a "last man or Earth" kind of vibe, of just watching the mundane every day life of these 3 characters as they survive in a world that is essentially dead. The series has no action, no battles, no fights, no governments, no factions, no wars, no sex scenes, NOTHING, absolutely not one single, solitary thing that the average Fantasy reader is looking for when they look to read Fantasy.

A LOT of reviews say: "It's boring and nothing every happens! All he ever does is sit there and talk to himself!" Yep. I know. I wrote it. So, I am well aware that nothing every happens and it's 422 volumes of 15k to 115k words each, of him siting there and talking to himself about the end of the world which happened decades before the series starts.

It IS LITERARY Fantasy after all, not Fantasy. I think some readers, forget that the LITERARY part of Literary Fantasy Genre does mean, it's not your typical high action fight, fight, sex, sex, fight, fight Fantasy that most readers think of when they think Fantasy.

So, yeah, I know what it is like to be dealing with the struggle of writing Literary Fiction, in a world where most readers want instant action, and mega fast pacing, and just don't want to mosey alone with an old man who spends more time smelling roses the and talking about sunsets then fighting the zombies in his world.

There is a long, hard, not well paved road to finding readers within the Literary Fiction Genre no matter what type of Literary Genre you are writing.

But there is a readership for Literary Fiction on Amazon, so I do think you should put some focus on your Amazon passive marketing, so that you get in front of the readers looking for your type of Literary.

It is not easy to do.

If you just slap your wok on Amazon and do nothing else, you'll be lucky to get in the search results.

You MUST get in the search results of readers searching for your type of genre in order for them to find you.

Sure, they will love your work once they find it, but, they have to find it before they can read it and that's the tricky part. That's where passive marketing comes in, and you really need to know your genre and the types of people who are looking for it really well, or order to make it work.

Amazon recently said that they currently average a new book published on KDP every 5 minutes. That's an average of 288 books a day. @k+ books a week. 105k books a year. JUST ONE PUBLISHER!

That's what you have to compete with.

There was a time, when just publishing one book a month, you could sit on Amazon's Top 100 newest releases list for weeks, before enough new releases came out to knock you out of the top 100. And because you were sitting in the top 100 for weeks on end, you could get thousands of sales the first 30 days of your release, without doing a damned thing. You could have shitty cover art, crappy keywords, be ANY genre even Literary, and it didn't matter, because there you were in the top 100 new releases for weeks on end, so people just bought your book because they were bored and looking to buy something so bought whatever happened to be in the top 100 new release list on Amazon's home page.

In 2010 to 2017, I ALWAYS had no fewer them 5, sometimes as many as 12, titles in the top 100 New Release list on Amazon's front page, because I was releasing a book weekly, and that had a lot to do with why in 2014 I had a book get 300k sales and in 2016 I had a book get 1million sales.

In that era of Kindle, just having a weekly new release was enough to guarantee sales, because your book was going to sit on the front page of Amazon for days, weeks even.

Those days of Kindle are gone!

Today, there are so many books published so fast, that you will be in the top 100 new release list for only 6 to 12 hours MAX before enough other new releases come out to knock you off the list.

Now, if you want sales on Amazon, you have to fight again a vast deluge of tidal wave influx of books being published. It's sink or swim now. And so you MUST be on par with your keywords and cover art now. You have at best a 6 hour window of being on Amazon's home page now, and you are now fighting against people who are way better at keywords and cover art, so you have to be super-damned-good now. Pro level covers. And SEO master at keywords, or you won't get any sales at all on Amazon.

The pandemic changed Amazon KDP a lot. Millions of people lost their jobs and were stuck at home with nothing to do, so wrote books and put them on Amazon, and now it's VERY difficult to even master keyword enough to get in search results.

But even still, Amazon is the king of income for self publishing, it's just a lot harder now because you have to be a lot better now in order to stay on top.

Back when I was traditionally publishing, I stuck narrow focused to genre, because that's what you have to do if you want to get published. I don't do that today, with self publishing though. Instead, I let my stories wander where they may, following the characters along with whatever they are doing. Which results in my self-published work being vastly different from my traditionally published work, and dipping in and out of every genre possible, sticking with no one genre 100%.

So, my genre that I write for Amazon, looks something, sort of like this: "Dark Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery > Bizarro > Literary> Absurdist > Yaoi > Gay Romance > Slice of Life > Dystopian > Post-Post-Zombie Apocalypse > Time Travel > Portal Fantasy > Character Study > Vignette".

But you can't put all that as your genre on Amazon, LOL!

Amazon let's you pick 2 genres. Each of those genres is an option Amazon let's you pick. So, what I do is, I put "Dark Fantasy" as my primary genre, and then, put whichever of the others best fits the story in question, for my second genre. Resulting in my entire series ends up showing up on ALL of those genre categories.

But then, by tweaking the keywords, using that list of genres (and other more specific niche related keywords), I've been able to get almost ever volume (400+) of the series to have 7 genre cats each volume. Which ends up resulting in the series as a whole, showing up in over 30 different genre cats total on Amazon. Which I think has had a lot to do with why I get so many sales (most volumes sell 27k -twenty-seven thousand- copies within the 1st week or so of release-and I think this is because the series show up on so many different lists on Amazon-note, that I do ZERO marketing/advertising and I don't have social media or newsletters or mailing lists-nothing, I don't even tell people on Reddit what my penname is-100% of my marketing is just keyword tweaking and cover art, and relying on Amazon's algorithm to do the rest).

I'm a huge supporter of tweaking keywords and using that as your number 1 primary marketing focus, because I've seen how big of an impact this has on sales, and how much it boosts your sales just to get on as many of Amazon's cat lists as possible.

I know, I see so many newbies around here, saying they don't have time to waste of keyword research, so they say they will skip it and, damn, I just shake my head and roll my eyes, because they really have no cue how much they are shooting themselves in the foot by skipping that one step.

I think after good cover art, good keyword research is the second best thing you can do for your books on Amazon. Keywords may not be such a big deal on other sites, but on Amazon, keywords are the think that will make or break your book sales. Good keywords will get you to the top 10 lists and bad keywords will sink you to the bottom of the sea.

I think after good cover art, good keyword research is the second best thing you can do for your books on Amazon. Keywords may not be such a big deal on other sites, but on Amazon, keywords are the think that will make or break your book sales. Good keywords will get you to the top 10 lists and bad keywords will sink you to the bottom of the sea.

I'm always thinking: "If I was the reader looking to read this, what search term phrase would I type into Google/Bing/Amazon in hopes of getting book results?" Then I type that keyword phrase (usually a sentence-ish of 4 to 7 words) into Google to see what sites/images/shopping items/books Google gives me in the search results. Then I search the same phrase on Bing to see what Bing gives me. Then I search again on Amazon-the full store search-to see what that gives me. Then a 2nd time on Amazon in books. Then a 3rd time on Amazon in Kindle ebooks.

And as I am writing Literary Fantasy that learns heavy into Dungeons and Dragons style territory, I also search that phrase on Noble Knight's website (a book store that sells used DnD/RPG/etc game books), BullMoose Music's website (another DnD/RPG/game book store, and on DriveThruRPG's website (a place like Amazon Kindle, for self-publishing RPG game books and LitRPG novels and short stories-it's similar to SmashWords but mostly LitRPG books).

So, now I have 9 tabs open on my computer, and I can grid them side by side and compare, what kinds of books/items/images/etc did this keyword phrase give me. Was there an overlap of the same few items showing up in the top ten results on each? If so, was it books? If so, how do those books compare to mine? Same genre? Different genre? Do I want my book to show up alongside these books when someone searches this phrase?

Then I go to the bottom of Google and Bing, where it recommends similar search terms, and I open each of those in new tabs and compare if those phrases give better results. Then I test those search terms in Amazon and the other bookstore sites mentioned above.

I'll go through a few dozen search term keyword phrases this way, until I have 7 of them, that I think will both be likely terms/phrases my readers will type in search, and that are bringing up competitor books most similar to mine that I think, readers of those books would probably like my books so I hope my books will come up as recommended under those books.

This is a major part of my publishing process and I devote a day or two, to doing this, every week. Spend 8 to 12 hours of the day, doing nothing else by big time looking for keywords to match my book. And as I publish a 15k to 20k book for the series every week, and I use different keywords for each book, I end up doing this full day of keyword researching every single week.

When you publish on Amazon, there is a section with 7 slots for adding keywords.

In Erotica, those 7 keywords don't add additional cats, because Erotica can only have 2. In everything else (Romance, Horror, Fantasy, etc) those 7 keywords, sorts your book into additional cats - 7 total (not 8). However on the book's public page only the top 3 are shown, not all 7. Top 3 ranked. Meaning, if your book is listed as:

* 1 in Occult Suspense

* 12 in Cozy Culinary Mysteries

* 14 in Small Town & Rural Fiction

* 574 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

* 691 in Humorous American Literature

* 1,179 in Single Authors Short Stories

* 12,663 in Literary Fiction

...those are your sales ranks in the 7 categories, that your keywords sorted you into.

However, on your public sales page it'll only say:

* 1 in Occult Suspense

* 12 in Cozy Culinary Mysteries

* 14 in Small Town & Rural Fiction

...listing just the top 3 ranking categories, and not mentioning the other 4 at all.

Obviously this example is for a Cozy Murder Mystery Short Story (yes, those are the actual rankings of a real book on Amazon right now -one of my books.) You can see the full 7 cats using one of several various tools which track ranks. Like I said, it doesn't show up with more then 3 of the public sales page.

This I know from personal experience. Most of mine, get into the categories they are in based off the 7 tags I use. I go to the categories to search and see what categories Amazon has that my story would fall into, and I use the specific category name as on of my 7 keyword tags, and within the next day or two my book shows up in the specific category, whose name I used as one of my 7 tags.

Like for example, a lot of mine are listed in the "Small Town & Rural Fiction" category as well as the "Dark Fantasy" category. And, the REASON they are listed there is quite simply because I selected "Dark Fantasy" as one of my 2 genres in the drop down menu, and then, I directly typed the phrase "Small Town & Rural Fiction" as one of my 7 keywords.

I WANTED my book to show up in the Amazon category: "Small Town & Rural Fiction", so I just typed the words "Small Town & Rural Fiction" as one of my 7 keywords and BOOM! Within 24 my book showed up in the "Small Town & Rural Fiction" section, when I click the "Small Town & Rural Fiction" link on the Kindle store front.

And the REASON I use this keyword is because all of my stuff is set in the same small rural town, and the town's community/town hall dynamics are very important to the series' plot, the town has only 3k residents, most of them horse, sheep, or poultry farmers, with several fishermen due to it being in a coastal cove. So, even though the category "Small Town & Rural Fiction" seemingly isn't a go-to category for an Erotica-type Dark Fantasy series, it is in fact one of the top three most relevant categories I could put my series in, and therefore I made certain that it got listed there.

It says somewhere in Amazon's KDP Help section, about doing that to put your book into 7 sub categories, -Amazon themselves, tell you, to search the categories and use the names of any category you want your book in, as your keywords, in order to ensure the book lands in that category, in addition to the 2 primary categories you pick from the genre drop-down box. That's why I started doing it, because I went through and read all of Amazon's Help pages, and that was what Amazon said you were supposed to do with the 7 keyword tags. The Help page had a list of a few hundred keyword tags and what categories your book would show up in from using them. I can't remember now what page it is, but it's one of the pages in the KDP Help section about how to use the 7 keyword tags.

However, I write BL/Yaoi/M-M-M-Harem Fantasy/Gay Dark Fantasy Romance that has erotic content woven within the story/plot. Basically I write M/M Romance that features freaky-taboo fetishes, stuff like consensual strangling/asphyxiations, biting, blood letting, stabbing with needles, burning skin with boiling hot melted chocolate, etc - things that border into the abuse/torture porn side of things, that don't include sexual intercourse during the fetish act, (there are no actual sex scenes in my work) but both parties are getting off on the act, one because he likes sadisticly torturing people, the other because he's a mascichist who likes being tortured.

So my stuff is in Dark Romance, Dark Fantasy, or outright Horror and it's sub cats. Even though, it is Literary, I can put it in places outside of Literary, because of themes in it. Some people call my stuff "Sexless Erotica" because it contains no sexual intercourse scenes, but focuses on fetish content that readers get off on. So, there is that to consider as well.

Like I said, I'm in a different genre/niche of Literary then you are, so, I'm aiming at a completely different audience, BUT, I know that audience well. I know what they want to read. I know what they look for in cover art. I know what search terms they type to find new books to read and I use those search terms as my keywords on Amazon.

And that's what you need to do.

You need to be heavily reading the genre you write. See what the bestsellers in your genre are going for cover art. Type lots of searches, until you get the big sellers coming up in search results, so that you can figure out what keywords they are using and use them too so you come up alongside the bestsellers in your niche.

There is no magic spell, magic wand, magic pill that is going to go POOF and give you instant readers. It's a lot of hard work researching SEO side of writing, but if you want readers, researching the SEO side of your niche is what you have to do. You really can not skip this step and expect to gain traction.

And even with the SEO it's not instant success.

I started uploading weekly shorts on Amazon in 2010, and continued to work 3 retail jobs that whole time. It was 6 years before I was able to quit my retail jobs and write full time. It didn't happen over night. It was me dedicating 40+ hours a week to writing and keyword research, every week. Something I still do weekly even now.

The new release every week thing is key too. You can't expect to slap up one book a year, 4 books a year, or even 1 short story a month, and expect to gain traction. Without weekly releases, gaining traction is NOT going to happen, not since the pandemic. That's just the reality of how many people are uploading things now.


How to gain traction with readers on Amazon KDP: Passive Marketing, book covers, keywords, and the seven categories

So, I was over on Reddit, you like I often am, and found this question. And answered it, like I do. However, the answer I initially gave was a simple generic answer. If you want to read my original answer unaltered, simply click on Reddit's embed feature links which Reddit provides for webmasters to be able to post their answers on their websites, while linking back to the original thread on Reddit (if you didn't know Reddit offered and encouraged the use of this feature, look for it in the "share" features underneath every post, comment, and reply on Reddit).

I am answering random questions today about writing, self-publishing, character creation, and world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

In any case, as with all of my Reddit answers found on my site here, my original post on Reddit is much shorter then the article here.

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And remember to have yourself a great and wonderfully glorious day!


By EelKat Wendy C Allen

Eye of the GrigoriIf you ever made fun of or had any part in the destruction of my farm, and the illegal selling of half of my land to Colliard, you shall lose your land.
tent2.JPGIf you ever made fun of or had any part in my being homeless since 2006 - YES, I AM still homeless in 2023, you shall become homeless.
eelkats_house_before_after.jpgIf you ever made fun of or had any part in the backhoe driving over my house, you shall lose your house.
home again the return of the goldeneagle dodge 330If you ever made fun of or had any part in my car being cut in half, you shall lose your car.
volvo-art-car-eelkat-Dazzling-Razzbury-3-artist-wendy-c-allen-painting3.pngIf you ever made fun of or had any part in my becoming crippled, you shall lose your health.
If you ever made fun of or had any part in the murder of my son, your child shall die an equally horrible death.

Evil men go out of their way to try to drive a person to suicide.

Are you an evil man?

Are you sure you're not?

How many people have YOUR hate filled words killed?

Next time you go to do a mean thing to a fellow human, stop and really think about the consequences of your actions.

Did you ever notice how every one has a story to tell about me, yet not one of them ever speaks the truth?

What lies has YOUR gossiping tongue spread about me?

Did you know...

October 16, 2006, bomb blew up my house because of YOUR lies.

August 8, 2013, the house which replaced the one the bomb blew up, was driven over by a backhoe.

November 14, 2013, my 8 month old infant son was murdered because of your lies.

November 14, 2013, I was beaten up, paralized for 5 months, spent 18 weeks relearning to walk, I'm now crippled for the rest of my life, because of YOUR lies.

Are you proud of what you have done?

Enjoy your eternity in Hell. You earned it. You've certainly worked hard for it.


If you have any information about any of these events, please call FBI Agent Andy Drewer at 207-774-9322