East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Market overview


One has to keep an eye on the market.
Know your public and all that.

So… a quick overview of the Italian-language Amazon Top 100 for Fantasy ebooks reveals that a successful fantasy novel on the Italian market…

a . is part of a trilogy or a “saga”

b . has a title which includes one or more of the following

. blood
. darkness
. night
. fire/flame(s)
. black
. princess
. angel(s)

… possibly in English.

c . must be set
. in Scotland
. in Venice
. in a world just like our own, but with dragons
. in a dystopic future

d . is the story of a beautiful girl nobody loves, that discovers she is the heir of a huge ancient power, and falls for a hunky bastard that treats her like dirt, but they have sex anyway. Evil is vanquished. Love triumphs. They have some more sex.

e . the cover should feature an image like this one


f . it’s a 400+ pages novel that goes for 99 cents.

I look at my poor, cheap sword & sorcery stories, and realize I’ll never make it in this country…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Market overview

  1. Maybe it’s a good moment to release my 1200+ page opus, Blood of the Venetian Dark Princess of Flame Dragons Saga.


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