SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
Every week, Knockin' Books brings you some of the best articles and blog posts on writing, author marketing and general book-related fun stuff from around the interwebs. Not to be missed.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016
Author interview: Kristen Ashley
I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
One of the hardest things to do as an author is pin down exactly who your readers are. Sure, you probably have a rough idea but without solid information, you're really just guessing. Not to worry, we've got an infographic for you that breaks down all kinds of useful information about readers across three major categories. After all, the more you know about the people buying your books, the better chance you'll have of writing something they'll be interested in.
What are some writing tips for young aspiring authors? If this question sounds familiar, it’s because it’s been asked of every successful author ever interviewed. They get so accustomed to answering it that they say the words on autopilot. Answers usually vary from read more, to get into a critique group. That advice is all fine and good (and true), but what aren’t they telling you? What advice do you really need to succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of publishing?
We talked to best-selling authors in darn near every genre to get all the need-to-know info for you. You’re welcome. Here’s the list:
Guest post by Brett Halbleib
Check out this promotional blurb for a book called Half Way Home, by Hugh Howey:
Five hundred of us were sent to colonize this planet. Only fifty or so survived. We woke up fifteen years too early, we had only half our training, and they expected us to not only survive ... they expected us to conquer this place. The problem is, it isn’t safe here. We aren’t even safe from each other.
Do you want to keep reading? I do. And it took only 57 words to convince me. 57 words, that’s it. (The blurb is so good I’m concerned the book might be a letdown.) And whether your blurb is on
Amazon.com or the inside cover of your book, a good blurb is vital to your success. Other than perhaps your mom, no one is going spontaneously buy your book. You must convince them to.
NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.
As a multi-category romance author, in your opinion, what are some of the biggest misconceptions about the romance genre as a whole?
That romance is nothing but “genre fiction”, which is usually meant derogatorily, as if by writing mere genre fiction, we’re not serious authors and artists. We are. We put our hearts and souls into our books, our stories, our characters.
I’ve also made a bit of a career around defying rules. I killed the main character and love interest in the fourth chapter of Falling Into You; my characters are often shown engaging in sex with more than one character in the same novel—this is always part of their journey, but it’s shown, not just hinted at, another no-no in the romance rule book.
Every four years, the entire world stops to witness the pageantry and glory of watching the best of the best compete against each other at the highest level. No, we're not talking about the presidential elections (we covered politics in a previous list). Of course, we're talking about the Summer Olympic Games. The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro take place today so we thought it might be fun to take a look at a selection of Olympic-related books. There's fiction, non-fiction and even an erotica title if you can believe it. When it comes to the Olympics, everyone wants to be in the show.
If you’ve read any of our author interviews, you know that here at Knockin’ Books, we’re a little obsessed with zombie apocalypse books, movies and shows. So naturally, we’ve had a lot of discussions about what will happen when the inevitable zombie apocalypse starts. As we see it, the keys to survival are simple:
(Note: There are no superheroes or mutants on this list, because that would be cheating. Also, if any of you nitpick and argue timelines or nerd trivia that would make one of our choices invalid, we’re gonna TP your house and leave a flaming bag of dog crap on your doorstep. This is for fun, people, not professorial debate.)
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Ever wonder why book bloggers have been turning down your review requests? It’s possible they’re just moody and mean and picking on you. It’s possible they’re grumpy and in a rejecting mood because of the price of the new Justin Cronin release. Or...and this might hurt to hear...it’s possible that you’re doing something (or multiple somethings) that’s causing reviewers to reject your book baby.
An original short story by author Amanda Carney
Sarah Merriman had never considered book blogging to be a dangerous job, yet here she was, crouched behind a scraggly juniper bush in Great Seal State Park, clutching her pepper-spray-on-a-keychain with white knuckles as a werewolf stalked the shadowed, beautifully maintained grounds. She blinked again. Despite her best efforts to convince herself she was hallucinating, it was still there; a dark, shaggy, lumbering beast loping over the grass under the pale moonlight, sniffing for something. Probably her.
Dammit, how had she gotten herself in this situation?