Defining your genre poses a challenging and painful task for many writers, and I am no exception. The choice of genre not only helps potential readers find the types of books they are most interested in reading, but it also now plays a critical role in the sales and marketing process on Amazon. Over the last month, in anticipation of launching my debut novel, Providents Awakening, I’ve researched this question to death, and I learned some interesting things, and had a personal epiphany. Here’s what I learned…
How to Write Bestsellers: The Single Most Important Rule to Great Writing, and it’s Not to Add More Sex
As writers working to perfect our craft, sometimes I think half the books ever written are about how to write better. With such an ocean of ink slinger advice to swim through, how do we know where to start, where to focus, where we’ll find the most cleavage…ah…I mean leverage? Clearly the answer to this question is debatable, but for this writer, one simple rule applied with pit-bull tenacity has done more to heal my prose of a plethora, a deluge, a superfluity of literary abominations than any other, and probably all others combined. If you can remember only one point of writer’s craft (one is often my limit), then this is the one.
Video: Duncan Whitehead Discusses His Book, The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, Indie Publishing, Marketing, and How to Attract Investors to Help Launch Your Book
In this episode, I chat with novelist, Duncan Whitehead, author of The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club. We discuss having the courage to publish, the insane concept of getting investors for your book just like you would a new business, marketing your book on social media, radio, print, and blog tours. And he talks about the importance of building and leveraging your own platform. WARNING: Beware the NC-17 outtakes near the beginning, especially if you’re watching this near your kids or co-workers.
Hugh Howey Interview – Part 2: Favorite Novel, Best Writing Tools, Mac vs PC, When & Why to Serialize Your Novel for Maximum Sales
In this episode we chat about his favorite novel, as in what which he’d take to a deserted island if he could only take one. We learn his writing tools of choice — Mac or PC; Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Scrivener, old fashioned typewriter; and what piece of software he can’t live without. We discuss which actors he’d like to see play the lead characters from Wool when Ridley Scott makes the movie. And we talk about the benefits of serializing your novel, ideal word count, and other publishing strategies that helped make Wool into the huge success it is. And other cool stuff, of course! Go watch it now and leave a comment for me, Hugh, or both of us. Enjoy!
Hugh Howey Interview – Part 1: New York Times Bestselling Author Gives His Best “Super Secret” Indie Publishing Tips
In this episode I chat with New York Times bestselling author and self-publishing rockstar, Hugh Howey. We discuss his evolution as a writer, his humble beginnings in the world of self-publishing, and his subsequent rocket blast into the stratosphere of bestsellerdom, powered by the unlikely success of the near-orphaned short story which became Wool. But the thing you’ll love most, I suspect, is the fabulous advice he gives for being über-successful as an self-published author.
Gary Vaynerchuk Interview – Part 3: Was Signing a 10 Book Deal with Harper Collins My Worst Business Decision Ever?
Enjoy this fantastic interview as we continue our chat with Gary Vaynerchuk, star of WineLibraryTV, author of three books, social media all-star, CEO of VaynerMedia, and future owner of the New York Jets. In this first of three parts, Gary dives deep discussing the importance of moving fast at the beginning of cultural shifts like we’re seeing in the publishing industry today. And he talks about the importance of building and leveraging your own platform.
Gary Vaynerchuk Interview – Part 2: The Importance of Storytelling and My Strategy for Buying the New York Jets
This continues my interview with Gary Vaynerchuk, star of WineLibraryTV, author of three books, social media all-star, CEO of VaynerMedia, and future owners of the New York Jets. In this first of three parts, Gary dives deep discussing the importance of moving fast at the beginning of cultural shifts like we’re seeing in the publishing industry today. And he talks about the importance of building and leveraging your own platform.