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Adam Harkus

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Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 6:43 AM
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My first book: 'Goa : A Lesson in life' has done a lot better than expected.

Maybe i got lucky with it's niche/category, but current;y it's a #2 on a generic search on Goa (amazon.co.uk) and selling OK (by my standards).

http://adamharkus.com/goa-a-lesson-in-life-book/

For my next book, I'm thinking a good idea would be to take on-board all the criticisms and address them.

E.g.

A better cover.
A better blurb.
More content.
A more popular niche (but still within travel, which is what interests me).

What's other people's thoughts on a second book?
angelakulig

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 8:29 AM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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Here are my two cents:

A better cover. Yes, this. Your current one is an cover creator champion, that I have seen on probably a hundred books just on this forum
A better blurb. Yes, because your current blurb is about you and why you wrote the book, but not about the book directly
More content. That's negligible. Travel guides aren't epics.
A more popular niche (but still within travel, which is what interests me).Write what you know
peterws

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 9:01 AM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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Your writing is very entertaining. I wish you well.
C. Gold

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 1:17 PM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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You could always write a fiction story based on your travel experiences which would get you broader exposure. Definitely keep writing!
Adam Harkus

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 6:39 AM   in response to: angelakulig in response to: angelakulig
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Thanks Angela.

Yeah as a next step I'm definitely following that advice.
Adam Harkus

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Posted: Jul 17, 2017 6:39 AM   in response to: peterws in response to: peterws
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peterws wrote:
Your writing is very entertaining. I wish you well.

Thanks Peter.
Adam Harkus

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 6:42 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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C. Gold wrote:
You could always write a fiction story based on your travel experiences which would get you broader exposure. Definitely keep writing!

I'm going to try Prague next time. It's a place I've visited a lot and maybe more people have heard about it!

I'm going to try to focus more the place this time, rather than personal observation, breaking the chapters into places.

Let's see how it goes eh?

Thank you for the support :)
Jonathan B

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 8:04 AM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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Adam Harkus wrote:
C. Gold wrote:
You could always write a fiction story based on your travel experiences which would get you broader exposure. Definitely keep writing!

I'm going to try Prague next time. It's a place I've visited a lot and maybe more people have heard about it!

I'm going to try to focus more the place this time, rather than personal observation, breaking the chapters into places.

Let's see how it goes eh?

Thank you for the support :)

I think personal experiences can be beneficial in a travel-related book. I think it can tend to reel the reader in.

I drove into Prague on May 1 a few years back. After five hours of trying to find a hotel, we gave up, and the four of us slept in our SUV right outside town. Something like that, if described well, can be a nice little addition to a travel book on the city.

C. Gold

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 8:58 AM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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Yep, I don't have to Google Prague!
I agree with Jonathan - don't give up adding your personalized experiences. I'm sure there are many travel books on Prague, but there will be only one with your experiences. I would rather have a bit of that flavor than just a rundown of the locale. Organizing it is a great idea, just add the personal touches too.
Adam Harkus

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 12:56 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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Jonathan B wrote:
Adam Harkus wrote:
C. Gold wrote:
You could always write a fiction story based on your travel experiences which would get you broader exposure. Definitely keep writing!

I'm going to try Prague next time. It's a place I've visited a lot and maybe more people have heard about it!

I'm going to try to focus more the place this time, rather than personal observation, breaking the chapters into places.

Let's see how it goes eh?

Thank you for the support :)

I think personal experiences can be beneficial in a travel-related book. I think it can tend to reel the reader in.

I drove into Prague on May 1 a few years back. After five hours of trying to find a hotel, we gave up, and the four of us slept in our SUV right outside town. Something like that, if described well, can be a nice little addition to a travel book on the city.

Noted. Just think I need to apply a better structure this time so that I don't get too carried away. Also I want it to be more 'useful' to the reader whilst still putting my own take across.

Adam Harkus

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 1:11 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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C. Gold wrote:
Yep, I don't have to Google Prague!
I agree with Jonathan - don't give up adding your personalized experiences. I'm sure there are many travel books on Prague, but there will be only one with your experiences. I would rather have a bit of that flavor than just a rundown of the locale. Organizing it is a great idea, just add the personal touches too.

Yeah absolutely. I think my writing style will always be the same... 'How places make me feel' . I just think that, with the last book, there was too much of me and not enough of Goa, so I wanted to redress the balance a bit and breaking it into places of Prague would be a good vehicle to do just that.

I also thought I could write more content, that maybe "A Lesson in Life" was too 'light', so breaking it down into individual places would help here too.

Thanks for you advice. I just really want to build on book #1 with book #2, without losing what was good about "Goa : A Lesson in Life".

Best

Adam
C. Gold

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 3:16 PM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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That's what book 1's are all about - learning and improving so book 2 is even better!
I think more content is a great idea too. If I was travelling there, I'd want to know as much beforehand as I could so I would know what places to visit or avoid and things a traveler should know about. The more info, the better!
Dee Tezelli

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 5:40 PM   in response to: Adam Harkus in response to: Adam Harkus
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Hi Adam Harkus --- A few things to chat about: First: Other poster who commented on your cover is spot on. Your work deserves a more authentic and enticing cover design. The prototype on Kindle cover design does not do justice to your fine storytelling. Second: You must add some dusting of fiction or intrigue to your narrative. I for one, felt bombarded with all travel and no spice to lure me to the next page. Albeit, I confess, I just read the 'look inside' . Perhaps it was juicier in the real text. As to travel genre, that is perfect for all ages, so I'd say keep to it. I normally do not offer literary advice here or anywhere else. Reason I wanted to do this is because I've been in air/land/sea travel all my life. And most my ebooks are on traveI and adventure in different cultures and lands. My plots are based/then/fictionalised on destinations to which I have been or adventures I personally truly endured. Email me if you want more travel genre suggestions. Dee Tezelli, Seattle
Adam Harkus

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 18, 2017 6:52 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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Thanks for the encouragement.

Seems like a plan to me!
Adam Harkus

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Re: Advice on book #2
Posted: Jul 18, 2017 6:57 AM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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Dee Tezelli wrote:
Hi Adam Harkus --- A few things to chat about: First: Other poster who commented on your cover is spot on. Your work deserves a more authentic and enticing cover design. The prototype on Kindle cover design does not do justice to your fine storytelling. Second: You must add some dusting of fiction or intrigue to your narrative. I for one, felt bombarded with all travel and no spice to lure me to the next page. Albeit, I confess, I just read the 'look inside' . Perhaps it was juicier in the real text. As to travel genre, that is perfect for all ages, so I'd say keep to it. I normally do not offer literary advice here or anywhere else. Reason I wanted to do this is because I've been in air/land/sea travel all my life. And most my ebooks are on traveI and adventure in different cultures and lands. My plots are based/then/fictionalised on destinations to which I have been or adventures I personally truly endured. Email me if you want more travel genre suggestions. Dee Tezelli, Seattle

Yeah, even I spent a bit on the cover, by all accounts it'll be worth it in the long run!

In "Lesson In Life" i'm bordering on the whimsical at times, and the chapter "Down a hole" in particular is more story than travelblog, so yeah I perhaps already do this, so should have maybe touched on this in the intro.

With the next one though, because it's going be 'Less me' I'm trying to add that whimsy to the way I'm describing and feel about the places. I hope this will lend a more personal touch to a probably already heavily documented place.
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