Where’s Liza? Part 2

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First let me give a whopping big THANK YOU to all those readers who put Ruby Sanders back on the Best Seller List for the following category

#83 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > African

#947 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States

#1454 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns

 As you can see, I still have a ways to go in the other two categories.  So, I’m going to reevaluate my keywords for those particular categories.

Now, on to what else I’ve learned while studying the craft of Writing.

A while back when I first started writing, ‘Dancing With The Fat Woman,’  it was recommended that I check out Janet Evanovich.  Well, I did.  I went to her website but was not very impressed by what I found there as compared to James Patterson’s website.  And adding to that, the movie, One For The Money, starting Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum was not being well received.  So, I put Janet Evanovich on the back burner and checked out a few other female writers like, Liane Moriarty  (The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies).  The stats on Big Little Lies follows.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10,022 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#34 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
    #50 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life
    #115 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery

But, when I started researching Amazon’s category, Humor and Satire, guess what I found.

The reigning queen of this category, Best sellers in Humorous American Literature,  with 12 books on the Top 100 list is Janet Evanovich


5 Wicked Charms       (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel)
28 Takedown Twenty   (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
35 Notorious Nineteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
47 The Sweet Spot         A Novel  (Stephanie Evanovich)
53 Wicked Business      (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel)
54 The Heist  A Novel
59 Explosive Eighteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
61 Top Secret Twenty-One   (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
74 Smoking Seventeen         (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
75 Sizzling Sixteen       (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
79 Big Girl Panties          A Novel
90 Fearles Fourteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
91 Finger Lickin Fifteen (A Stephanie Plum Novel)

Below is the book description categories for Notorious Nineteen (A Stephanie Plum Novel)

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do. 
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
To bottom line it, Janet Evanovich was who I really should have read while writing Dancing With The Fat Woman.  And this also shows me why so many writers are trade-marking a character. 

 Finally, it really does pay to take time and do your research.  I was studying the wrong author and had the wrong category for the book, Dancing With The Fat Woman.   Now wiser and richer.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman






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