Anyone who’s been following our blog knows how much we love post apocalypse fiction. We’ve got an entire category dedicated to the genre in our reviews section, and we even put together The Official Knockin’ Books Zombie Apocalypse team. If there’s a good novel about the end of the world, there’s a decent chance we’ve read it, or are planning to read it.
So, given our apocalyptic fascination, it’s not surprising we’re also huge fans of The Walking Dead on AMC (Our editor is quite smitten with “crazy eyes Rick”). It’s probably fair to say we went through a bit of a withdrawal when season 6 ended back in April (if “a bit” means we spent significant time curled up in the fetal position, rocking back and forth while trying to find our “happy place”).
How To Select A Subtitle That Sells
Guest Post by the uber talented and super popular Chandler Bolt.
Titling a literary labor of love is a common struggle for many new authors.
The pressure is on when attempting to come up with the perfect book title. We want titles that are catchy, evocative, memorable, pithy—a tall order for just a few keystrokes. It’s no wonder freshman and seasoned authors alike stumble over the title hurdle.
About ten years ago, I got a new boss at work. I’ll call him Dan. At the time, my career as a Senior Designer in the marketing department of a Fortune 500 company was going pretty well. My peers, managers and internal clients all valued my work and that fact was reflected in my performance reviews over the years. Going into my first review with Dan, I had no reason to believe that trend would change.
Unfortunately for me, Dan had other ideas.
Creative Challenges Within a Single Genre
Whenever I talk to anyone about my writing, the question usually comes up: would I like to try writing anything other than mystery?
Then I explain that I actually have written something other than mystery. But it was a one-off, a ‘cozy zombie’ book (yes, I did make that genre up). But that was what’s called an ‘attack book.’ The story had been bothering me for years to write it, and finally I did to get the story to shut up.
We get it. In the writing world, few things are harder (Ha! Get it? See what we did there?) to create than an engaging sex scene. As authors, particularly you romance authors out there, you are forced to walk a dangerously thin tightrope when it comes to writing these scenes. Write a classy, “fade to black before penetration” sex scene and some readers feel cheated. Write a realistic sex scene using clinical, accurate terminology and it ends up reading like an instructional manual.
Doing research for your book
How to start research for a book?
What we bring to our writing is a unique combination of knowledge and our own unique perspective on that combined knowledge.
Research is all about gathering knowledge. And what makes our writing special is what we do with it.
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My nights this week have been focused beneath the weak little spot of light that I do my research under while sitting on the couch. Everything else around me is dark. There’s an as assemblage of debris surround me too: piles of notes, notebooks, post-its, a stack of Dungeons and Dragons manuals, and my laptop is heating my thighs. There’s a pencil sticking into my left buttcheek that I can’t be bothered to unstick. My hair is fluffed and coming out of its ponytail. I’m sporting wicked circles under my eyes. I don’t have the time to cook anything, so I’ve had a sandwich and a beer for dinner, and I’m cranky.
Science, that’s who.
You’ve heard (probably more than you care to) that as a self-published author, you’ll need to hire a professional proofreader before releasing your novel. That’s easier said than done when you’re a debut author, or an author with only a small following, and you have no way of knowing if you’ll ever get any return on that investment. It’s conceivable that you’ll pay, per word, for professional proofreading and never sell more than fifty books. Why spend the money? Why not just proofread the darn thing yourself?
As an author of scorching-hot romance, in your opinion, what are some of the biggest misconceptions about the romance genre as a whole?
What a good question! And I could probably go on for ages on this topic but I’ll only hit a couple of points.
The first being my most disliked terminology when it comes to romance. The word “smut” (alternatively disliked moniker “mommy porn”).
I don’t write smut. I write love stories. I don’t read smut. I read love stories. Reducing this genre, which is populated by incredibly talented writers supported by incredibly talented editors (and designers, and formatters, and I can go on) telling incredibly beautiful stories, to a word with negative connotations that repudiate the power of these novels irks me.