Cross Genre Novels and the Problem of Choosing Categories: and Two Authors who Created a New Genre for Popular Fiction

A lot of promotional advice for authors emphasizes the importance of placing your books in the right category in order to maximise sales. These categories always strike me as being unnecessarily rigid, though I believe they follow conventional bibliographic categorising.  They would seem rigid to me, as I write cross genre stuff. Typical of me … Continue reading Cross Genre Novels and the Problem of Choosing Categories: and Two Authors who Created a New Genre for Popular Fiction

Rules Writers Must Not Break and What Do J S Bach, Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey and Louis L’amour Have in Common?

There’s a few things I’ve been wanting to say as part of some post, but I can’t think of any suitable one, so I’ll just mix them together in a miscellaneous post about market trends and rejections. The first thing is a story to encourage those who are trying to create something special, and meet … Continue reading Rules Writers Must Not Break and What Do J S Bach, Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey and Louis L’amour Have in Common?

Those Necessary Sympathetic, Rounded Characters: A Classic Novel Without Them

'Sylvia's Lovers' by Elizabeth Gaskell in one sentence: 'Philip Hepburn worships Sylvia Robson, and finds dishonour; Sylvia Robson worships Charley Kinraid, and finds disillusionment; Charley Kinraid worships himself, and finds a wife who agrees with him and a career in the Royal Navy.’

Originality and Breaking the Rules in Writing

When I first started writing, it was in the days before the internet. The aspiring writer had to seek out and buy a ‘How To’ book, or borrow it from the library. The first of these that I read contained this helpful piece of advice from the male author, very successful, but you might say, … Continue reading Originality and Breaking the Rules in Writing

Book Titles: Choosing a Title and some Good, Bad, and Indifferent Titles from Classic Novels

Titles are always difficult to decide on. This is all the more of a challenge, as the conventional wisdom of innumerable writers websites says you have to have an outstanding one that will make your readers want to start reading at once: – not an easy task. Well, I find them difficult, anyway. I was … Continue reading Book Titles: Choosing a Title and some Good, Bad, and Indifferent Titles from Classic Novels