As part of our ongoing series on the Helix Review and how authors are using the tool to analyze their work, we recently interviewed Cristina Archer, author of The Recidivist, a speculative fantasy fiction book that is an exploration of religious, moral, and political ethics throughout history, and across alternative worlds.
How would you describe yourself as an author:
“I have long been fascinated by philosophy especially ethics, and have been writing fiction in my spare time since I was a teenager. I write speculative and fantasy fiction as these genres offer wide scope to explore many a “what if” question.”
Why did you decide to try Helix:
“I wanted to be more precise about where my style of writing fitted in the general market so assist me with pitching the book to agents and publishers.”
What were you able to learn from the Helix Review:
“I learned that, while the ideas were comparable to books I had been comparing my work to, my actual style was quite different to those books. Correcting this misunderstanding has been very useful. I now have a better understanding of the most likely target audience for my work.”
How do you plan to use the Helix information:
“The Helix review has assisted me in tailoring my pitches to prospective agents.”
What would you tell someone considering trying Helix:
“It is a valuable service for improving the design of a marketing strategy for your work.”
For more information about Cristina Archer and The Recidivist:
About the Helix Review:
Back in May we launched an experimental new offering called Helix, and dubbed it The Personality Test for Your Book. Helix is powered by The Book Genome Project, a massive database of over 100,000 of the world’s best-known books. And basically, it gives you a way to upload your manuscript and get back an incredibly rich and unbiased perspective on your book.
Lulu authors are currently using Helix to gain a better understanding of their book for marketing purposes, and in some cases to gain insight into their writing style. For the first time, we’ve caught up with some of the earliest Helix Review customers to hear more about their book and writing style and what they hoped to learn from Helix.
If you are an author that has used Helix and would like to be featured in the future, please tell us about your experience here.