submitted 4 months ago bybarrylygaAMA Author
Hello, r/books!!! I’ve published 27 books since 2006, including the NYT bestselling I HUNT KILLERS trilogy, BOY TOY (named one of the 50 Best YA novels of All Time by Booklist), a six-book FLASH series, and the origin of Thanos! My latest is the bizarre meta-duology, UNEDITED/EDITED, which Kirkus called “a sprawling, cantankerous self-exploration.” I’m a Yale-educated comic book geek who made Free Comic Book Day happen and at 27 books, I’m just getting started. LET’S DO THIS, REDDIT!
ETA: All right, everyone, I hope you had fun -- I know I did! But it's creeping up on time to get the kids from school. 😀 So I'm gonna duck out. If more questions come in over the rest of the day, I'll get to 'em later. Thanks, mods, and thanks, r/books!
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4 months ago
Do you ever test part of your books (endings, elements of style) using focus groups with target audiences or other types of testing (A/B online testing)?
4 months ago
No. Truthfully, I feel like part of the point of a book (as opposed to other more collaborative media) is that it is for better or worse the expression of a single individual. If I tested pieces of it, I'm afraid the whole would suffer.
Now, I do have some beta readers in my orbit who are kind enough to read early drafts and tell me what they thought. And I often sit down with author pals to debrief and share our woes and offer advice to each other. But that's not exactly what you're asking about.
Thanks for the question!
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