It's that time of the year for all the best-of lists, which always brings up the comment, "Well, choosing favorites is very subjective."
YES! And that's a great thing.
Here's a challenge. Put together your own personal "Best of 2017" book list, but make it for books in your category/genre.
Illustrate graphic novels? What's your best recommendations for other people's graphic novels from the past year?
Write and illustrate picture books? What are your top three picture books by writer/illustrators?
Write funny middle grade? What are your top three middle grade comedies?
Write YA contemporary? What's your short list of favorites?
You get the picture... As we create, we also need to know what's going on in the marketplace - what books do we imagine on either side of our own book on the shelf of our ideal reader?
Knowing this helps us:
• talk about our own book,
• better engineer our marketing efforts by studying how these other books we love in the same category as our own are promoted,
• see how we might join in the conversation about these books wherever those conversations are happening. Because their audiences are our audiences, too.
And that's a great thing to know.
So, what are YOUR favorite books of 2017, in the same category/genre where you create content?
Illustrate and Write On,