I was searching through some old writing files on my computer, stuff I’d not looked at since about 2001, and I re-discovered an old Excel spreadsheet called “The 100 Best Novels of All-Time.” Upon opening the spreadsheet all these years later, it looked like some arcane code which made no sense to me now, even though I was the one who made it. Ahhh, how time ravages the memory. After a bit of sleuthing, I finally figured out what the list was, and why I’d made it. The results are both interesting and instructive. So, what is the #1 Greatest Novel of All Time?
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.
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!
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.
Another giant step forward for authors! As an author, I’m excited whenever any author blazes the trail a bit more in the continuing journey of writers gaining more control and reward for their efforts. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on the nearly unheard of circumstance of self-published author Hugh Howey selling the print rights of his post-apocalyptic thriller, Wool, to Simon & Schuster for a ‘six figures’ sum. What makes this newsworthy is that Howey was able to retain the digital rights for himself, and that is HUGE. Watch the video for more details.
In this episode…we kick things off with a little skit poking fun at the slow motion (but accelerating) demise of traditional publishers, and chat about why right now is the most exciting time to be an author since Gutenberg invented the printing press. And in the middle of the video, I will make a bold prediction about how many new author millionaires will be created in the next five years.