Halloween is almost here and soon Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays can make a great setting for a novel.
You can write a spooky or horror filled novel for Halloween or a sweet romance for the Christmas season. I even know an author that set her story at Thanksgiving. Of course, you are not limited to these holidays. You could set your romance or satire on Valentine’s Day. However, the appeal of a Fourth of July tale will just not have the same pull as a Christmas Holiday tale.
Christmas, by far, is the most popular holiday to write about. A quick search of books on Amazon brings up over 25,000 titles, and this doesn’t include Children’s books.
Tips to writing a Christmas Novel
- Keep it short – You can write a novella or even a short story.
- Invoke the senses – Think of snowy scenes, the aroma of hot chocolate or a baking pie
- Think happy ending – While I know there are serious stories out there that take place during Christmas, your best bet is to leave the reader at least satisfied and for a romance that would mean ending with a Happily Ever After.
- Publish it in time – Aim to publish your holiday novel in November or at the very latest the first week of December.
- Promote it – Promote it not just the year it comes out but every holiday season and reap the benefits of those holiday readers.
If you write a series, perhaps you can take some of your characters and write them their own holiday story. And even if they don’t celebrate “Christmas” you can still write a story that takes place at a winter holiday. (Think Gift of the Night Fury from the How to Train Your Dragon TV series.)
It may be too late this year to get out a Holiday book, but if you invest the time now, you can have a book that will sell well each holiday season.