I told the story I wanted to tell. I told a pure story. It was a commercial flop. I’ve learned a lot from the experience, of which I share with you (to quote the Fugees!). Perhaps ‘flop’ is too strong a word. But no bestseller was it. In this article I will share with you … Continue reading The Holy Grail to Writing a Bestseller
[My below post was originally posted on Linda Hills formidable blog! Do visit it.] I have been overwhelmed by the initial reaction to my debut novel. Without any publicity or marketing, it has an all-five-star rating on Amazon. True, only nine ratings but as an unknown first-time Indie author I’ve been taken aback by private … Continue reading A Writer’s Toolbox
Far from a doting Stephen King fan, I actually marked down the last King novel I read (Revival). But this 11.22.63 was as close to perfect story-telling as you will get. This book had it all: deep characters; love; heartbreak; a sense of the epic history-changing mission replete with twists and turns. The pacing was … Continue reading A brief note on Stephen King’s 11.22.63
Clichéd; contrived; awkward; unnatural; forced; stilted. Ever heard a book described as such? If the answer is 'yes', it’s probably guilty of serving up poor dialogue (among other flaws).
Here’s a painful book: A Most Wanted Man by le Carré. And judging by the reviews I’m not the only one. It’s scraping in with an acceptable 3.47/5 on Goodreads although among the more considered reviews it’s dire. It’s one of those books where I literally had to force my eyes to the end of … Continue reading Broken Reviews
Not that I obsessively track monthly ebook sales, but the direction of travel is clear - ebooks are the future. For titles that lend themselves to discretion, it’s already the present. 50% of revenues for the runaway success 50 shades trilogy came from ebooks. Like many a delusional neophyte author, I recently found myself dreaming … Continue reading Ebooks, copyright and the French executive
The first tip an editor will proffer a wet-behind-the-ears author is: SHOW DON’T TELL. Just Google the phrase to see the number of hits returned. There is even a YouTube video of Stephen King placing this nugget as his number one advice to aspirant authors. Here’s an example from a thriller I’m currently writing. Tell: … Continue reading Show not tell – take 10,000