Beyond the challenge of writing the novel comes the uphill climb to sell what you write. You’ll find lots of advice to help you. And much of it’s worth reading. But few posts or even books match the straight talk of this post by Russell Blake. He writes thrillers. And isn’t shy about saying his goal is to sell what he’s written. I hope you find his views as published via his blog as worthy as I did.
And to all of you now struggling with a WIP, carry on!
I may not have written a post for a long time, but I have updated my ebook’s cover. The cover shown on the right side of your screen is the new one. I hope it looks okay.
I design all of my covers on a free graphics program called Gimp. I only have two other ebook covers out. Both are on shorter works. I created them ages ago and both are much more primitive than my latest effort. Experts say book covers are important. I hope this one hits its mark. Among my changes with this cover are the darkening of the cover’s base cover and the use of display fonts. Opinions are welcome. And thanks for the visit.
I’m currently working on my second novel, which has now morphed to a story titled Murderous Decisions. My heroine is battling her way through a host of issues, including a handsome attorney she’s recently met. Not the usual fare for mystery novels. But the romance angle is secondary to the mystery. Plus it’s part of the plot. And to make matter worse, Victoria Cross is married to a very nice guy.
So here’s today’s rough, unedited work. My only hope is that you enjoy it. The book’s working title is, Murderous Decisions.
Continue reading “A Romantic Mystery Writer?”
He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
St. Francis of Assisi
Rarely do I go gaga over a blog post, but not so with this post from Writer Unboxed. (Read it here.) I think it summarizes today’s publishing world in the best of all possible manners. Why, indeed, should one arm of the current publishing frenzy denigrate another? Who says we cannot mutually coexist or even flip from one side to the other? Why should all authors feel compelled to be socially active or even possibly overactive in our search for readers? Why can we not be ourselves? And if we’re the sort to feel most comfortable in our rabbit holes, ignoring the world at large, why can we not do that as well??
We can, according to the author of Writer Unboxed. We can be pantsters. or planners, or love to connect with people. or be private in the extreme.We can be traditionally published or willing to put ourselves forward on our own. It’s all our option. It’s the nature of today’s publishing world, says Writer Unboxed. And I’m with her all the way!
So, happy writing, happy reading! (For me it’s back to my third reading of The Hunger Games and its sister stories.)
I’ve been trying to define the reader who will enjoy reading my ebooks. I came up with the following answer:
First, you must be female. (I don’t know why that is so, I only know that it is.)
So, with that in mind let me fill in the rest of the blanks:
If you crave a puzzling whodunit . . .
If you like being unable to identify a clever killer until nearly the end of the book . . .
If you demand an appealing heroine who wants to take action but isn’t quite sure how to do so . . .
If you enjoy reading about people in a rural setting . . .
If you appreciate a wildly Romantic view of life . . .
And if you get off on a darn-good, thrilling story . . .
Then . . . you’ll like my ebooks.