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“Genre fiction series are the bread and butter of mid-list writers. For many, they make the difference between a writing dream and a writing career.” Zoe York/Ainsley Booth, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over. Romance Your Brand is an adaptation “Genre fiction series are the bread and butter of mid-list writers. For many, they make the difference between a writing dream and a writing career.” Zoe York/Ainsley Booth, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over. Romance Your Brand is an adaptation of an intensive four-week course, now available to authors everywhere. This book covers:
 • high-concept pitches 
• world-building 
• taglines and blurbs 
• building a cast of characters
 • writing the first book in a series 
• finding comparable series 
• covers 
• how to write towards future marketing 
• and why ALL OF THE ABOVE should be considered before you write a single word



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“Genre fiction series are the bread and butter of mid-list writers. For many, they make the difference between a writing dream and a writing career.” Zoe York/Ainsley Booth, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over. Romance Your Brand is an adaptation “Genre fiction series are the bread and butter of mid-list writers. For many, they make the difference between a writing dream and a writing career.” Zoe York/Ainsley Booth, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over. Romance Your Brand is an adaptation of an intensive four-week course, now available to authors everywhere. This book covers:
 • high-concept pitches 
• world-building 
• taglines and blurbs 
• building a cast of characters
 • writing the first book in a series 
• finding comparable series 
• covers 
• how to write towards future marketing 
• and why ALL OF THE ABOVE should be considered before you write a single word


45 review for Romance Your Brand: Building a Marketable Genre Fiction Series

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    If you're an aspiring author or want to get your next series noticed, this book from successful author Zoe York has some great practical advice and information! For a non-author like myself it's interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes to bring those books to a reader's attention. Very enjoyable! Note: a copy of this book was provided by the author for review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LynneV

    When I first saw this book, I had high hopes for it and pre-ordered it immediately. There's a vast array of writing craft books (and I am a bit addicted to them, lol) but there haven't been a lot of books that focused on developing a romance series. Considering Zoe York's vast experience in the field--she has multiple romance series out there and she's a best-selling author--I had high hopes for this. What a disappointment it turned out to be. Truth, there are some nuggets of wisdom in this (more When I first saw this book, I had high hopes for it and pre-ordered it immediately. There's a vast array of writing craft books (and I am a bit addicted to them, lol) but there haven't been a lot of books that focused on developing a romance series. Considering Zoe York's vast experience in the field--she has multiple romance series out there and she's a best-selling author--I had high hopes for this. What a disappointment it turned out to be. Truth, there are some nuggets of wisdom in this (more or less all of them in chapter 19) but it's barely enough to fit onto a Post-it and it definitely isn't enough to warrant the 5 dollar price tag. Price matters in this case--had it been 2 or 3 dollars, I probably would've bumped the rating up to 2 stars, but here I don't think I hardly got any value for money. As mentioned previously, the author has quite a few series under her belt, so I would've expected more examples of how she built those series herself. There is hardly anything on that. Building hooks into your next book? She mentions it, but no examples of how she did it with her own work or how other authors do that. You need a great blurb to sell your books? Yup, she mentions it. In fact, she wrote a great blurb for this book, so much so that it convince me to pre-order. But again, no examples. Cast of characters? Yep, you need one of those as well and there needs to be some conflict. And world building? It's useful to draw a map. Oh, and that series sell well in romance, so you're better off writing in a series than just stand-alones. That's about the genesis of this book, fitted into one paragraph. Going into this book, I wasn't expecting an in-depth how-to on world building, story structure and character development, but I did however expect the author to share how to build a romance series and to SHOW the reader how she goes about it herself by using examples. She hardly ever does that, and because of that, this book never reaches beyond generic platitudes on writing. And it's a shame, because the author could've made a wave into a sea of writing-craft books, because there isn't much on this specific subject, but she failed to do that from start to finish. Your mileage may vary, but I hardly got anything out of this book, other than chapter 19. Really disappointed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Ting

    This book is like sitting down for coffee with Zoe York as she walks you through all the steps of creating a successful romance series. How it differs from other craft books is that it’s not about writing a single book, but rather the series as a whole—how to world build, how to structure the first book, how subsequent books differ, and how to organize series information. I was lucky enough to one of the guinea pigs when Zoe created an online series course in 2016, and that was the only reason This book is like sitting down for coffee with Zoe York as she walks you through all the steps of creating a successful romance series. How it differs from other craft books is that it’s not about writing a single book, but rather the series as a whole—how to world build, how to structure the first book, how subsequent books differ, and how to organize series information. I was lucky enough to one of the guinea pigs when Zoe created an online series course in 2016, and that was the only reason that I wrote an actual outline for my Vancouver Vice hockey romance series. As Zoe points out, your books can change and evolve from the outline, but five books in I’m surprised how true I stayed to the original vision. This stuff works! But Romance Your Brand also has detailed advice I wish I’d known when I wrote book one, which is vital for introducing reader to your series. There are things about book one I regret now, but Zoe also offers advice for fixing existing problems—like revision or marketing. The book’s tone is very conversational and the advice is pragmatic. This book would be particularly helpful to new romance authors, someone about to start a series, or someone wondering why her series hasn't sold better. Basically, any author is going to find a ton of good advice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Queen of the Geeks

    I think this is a very good book for just starting out writers. There is enough information but it is not overwhelming. There are practical exercises and "homework" for the reader to do so you can practice the concepts. Lot's of advice for what she feels she did wrong starting out writing series romance and what to think about to avoid similar missteps. There is a good list of books at the end to do more reading on more focused topics. On the author website there are example sheets to use for I think this is a very good book for just starting out writers. There is enough information but it is not overwhelming. There are practical exercises and "homework" for the reader to do so you can practice the concepts. Lot's of advice for what she feels she did wrong starting out writing series romance and what to think about to avoid similar missteps. There is a good list of books at the end to do more reading on more focused topics. On the author website there are example sheets to use for the homework and more resources. I personally got a lot out of the book but I think it would depend on where you are in writing: starting out or more advanced if you would like the book or not. I wish there had been more on character building and world building. But will be reading the sources she used for a more in depth read on the topics. But the book did give good advice for the beginning stages of thinking of a series and setting up your concept. An already published writer might not like the book as many of the concepts they may know already or have their own way they developed to write series arcs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A Must-read for anyone writing fiction series Any indie published, genre fiction author who wants to connect with more readers should read this book! It gives helpful insight and practical instructions for optimizing your books into series that hook readers and therefore have more success commercially. This book has a great balance of covering both the craft and business of writing. For me, the sections where she discusses world building and characters were very helpful. I also like how she A Must-read for anyone writing fiction series Any indie published, genre fiction author who wants to connect with more readers should read this book! It gives helpful insight and practical instructions for optimizing your books into series that hook readers and therefore have more success commercially. This book has a great balance of covering both the craft and business of writing. For me, the sections where she discusses world building and characters were very helpful. I also like how she discussed the ins and outs of planning an entire series from the ground up. On the business side, I thought the information on metadata and why it’s so important to indie publishing success was so useful to know! Seriously, I took 23 pages of notes from this book!! I read the Kindle version but plan on also buying a hard copy to have on hand as a go to resource. Highly recommend!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ainsley Wynter

    Zoe York regularly tweets long threads with excellent writing and publishing advice. I’m also a fan of her podcast. I had high expectations going into this book and she absolutely met them. I appreciate her big picture approach to creating a series. This advice seems so simple but it just isn’t. Even tho writers want to write all of our books from the heart, being pragmatic about choices we make early on—that help to actually sell books—is a useful mindset to have. Looking forward to her next Zoe York regularly tweets long threads with excellent writing and publishing advice. I’m also a fan of her podcast. I had high expectations going into this book and she absolutely met them. I appreciate her big picture approach to creating a series. This advice seems so simple but it just isn’t. Even tho writers want to write all of our books from the heart, being pragmatic about choices we make early on—that help to actually sell books—is a useful mindset to have. Looking forward to her next book in this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    A.M. Scott

    Best writing for marketing book ever Wow. I really wish this had come out two years ago! If I'd had this level of organization, my SF series would be better and more marketable. I look forward to using these methods, tips and tricks when I revise the romance series sitting on my hard drive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taryn Elliott

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