Hello all. I would like the advice of both writers and book bloggers on this please.
I released "Peers of Beinan: Great Succession Crisis" back in August and really have not been able to attract more than a couple or three bloggers to review my book nor more than a couple or three sales of the book in all that time. I know it's not the quality of the book; it's more a matter of audience. I think I'm not describing my book the correct way nor speaking to the correct audience. Part of my problem, at least in these beginning months, is that Great Succession Crisis is so multi-genre.
My personal background is in historical and scientific research. Before I laid down the first paragraph of chapter one, I spent over a month doing mathematical and astronomical calculations with the help of engineer. I had the planetary mass of planet Beinan, rotational speed, revolutionary period, and other physical details all worked out in advance -- very important ground work when you are designing a world and a culture. I spent another week with three chemistry websites so I could know the planet's biochemistry.
Science is very important to me. So is history, which is what my bachelors of arts is in. I've been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism since I was 18 -- I'm 41 now! I am very well versed in a dozen sciences and social sciences, all of which ground my story in a way you rarely see in "fantasy" or "science fiction" (I have a few favorite authors that are the exception to that).
I look at some of the work that many of you have done and see a lot of classic examples for your genres (romance, suspense, etc). They are all radically different from Great Succession Crisis. If anything, the nearest I think my book hits in terms of classic genres would be historical fiction -- but it's set on another planet!
I am really wondering if maybe I need to go about describing my book and marketing it a completely different way. I honestly enjoy and respect your work...but just feel almost isolated because while GSC certainly tells a romantic story, it's not a bodice ripper! I worked hard to keep the sex in the story (which you cannot avoid when dealing with the continuation of a monarchy) to allusions more than depictions. GSC also tells a suspense story: there is a clear villain out to grab power any way he can. But the violence is not blood and gore! If anything, the violence is most intensely psychological.
My story is set on another planet and I have my own weights and measures...but it's not really what you think of as science fiction.
Fantasy doesn't feel right because almost everything "fantastic" is intensely rooted in my knowledge of history and anthropology -- or direct personal experience.
I would really appreciate some guidance here. My book is amazing (probably the nicest review I received was from an engineer who rarely reads fiction and yet loved the book). But i just don't know who to target and how to classify my book so people who really would read it can know about it.
What do i do?
Science Fiction does lend itself to lots of background research - perhaps this is where I'd place your book? With the interest in space and physics, maths, etc, I bet a lot of people who like the science fiction genre might really appreciate and be attracted by that aspect of your book. It might not be your average science fiction book, but there might be a big appeal to people who like that area of fiction :)