While most Kindle Unlimited authors are independent authors, there are a lot of wonderful traditionally published writers too. Meg Elison is one author offering her work through Kindle Unlimited and winning the game.
Elison is an essayist whose debut novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife is a Philip K. Dick award winner. In terms of quality, it’s hard to aspire for more within the science fiction genre. Her stories are griping, emotional, and intellectual. I love the questions her works pose and the journey her stories take me on. Her presence on Kindle Unlimited helps to elevate the whole platform.
Take Aways from Meg Elison’s Success:
1. The female perspective and discussion of traditionally female centered issues have an audience. While I’d argue “women’s’ issues” ARE human issues and everyone should listen and discuss them as they affect every man and woman, Elison does a beautiful job portraying that point within her fictional world. She posits what would happen if women and children were rare commodities. She explores several manners of extremism and different responses.
2. LGTQ+ or GRSM (gender, romantic, and sexual minorities) as I prefer to group (it’s more inclusive and less letters to get there) and other controversial issues can be highly palatable and enjoyable in fiction. Elison uses a fictional vehicle to explore core issues of identity and expression. Self expression isn’t a minority issue, it’s a human one and this kind of exploration is compelling to a larger reading audience than a writer may assume.
3. Don’t flinch from controversial subjects period. Elison’s politics are all over her books and the view point creates a more interesting compelling narrative (even when one doesn’t agree with her take). Perhaps the controversy even helps selling books? I don’t know if Elison succeeds in spite of or because of the controversy in her books, but I know writers can take her success as a sign they don’t have to self censor to find a market. We should write fearlessly and explore any theme we find compelling without angst.
4. Play with different lengths and styles of writing. Elison has a background as an essayist, if she’d stuck to that format she wouldn’t have an award-winning novel and a widely read series. And who knows how much her essayist background helped form her style/craft to where she could pull together a thoughtful, griping, and lean manuscript.
5. Whatever you write and whatever your goals are, pursue them with a single minded passion. When reading Elison’s book, it’s clear she cares about all the subjects she introduces to her manuscripts. She’s invested in her writing and making her point and readers can see that level of commitment and will respond
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