Reading the Reader: A Guide to Figuring Out the Messy Literary Market

Open up any author’s web browser and you’ll find one heck of a history. Everything from how to kill someone with a pool noodle to how many hours would it take to ride a bicycle to Mars might show up. What you’ll also find are a dozen literary pages complete with market research and suggestive trends. That’s because, like it or not, authors do not understand what readers want. They can cater to a preferred group, take shots in the dark or be all lone wolf about it, but the truth stands on its own. Writers are at a loss to global reading habits. In writers’ defense, not even the experts seem to know. According to Global English Editing’s The Ultimate Guide to Global Reading Habits, publishers

Talk Nerdy to Me (Podcast Interview)

Join me on the Webcomics Podcast where I speak with the host Jamais Jochim about comics, writing and all things dorky. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/interview-with-justin-alcala/id1479051116?i=1000472255917

BLK Dog Publishing presents "Power Loss"

The day the lights went out is remembered as Day Zero. It wasn’t just the lights, it was the phones, the computers and just about everything else that makes modern society what it is. Power Loss tells the story of eight individuals, by eight different authors, each trying to come to terms with the black out and survive in a world that has changed forever. “Power Loss” is a BLK Dog Publishing Anthology with my short story, “It Snows Here.” Check out all of the talented authors April 21st, 2020.

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