Category: Creating the Bestseller

Patterns in Everything: How to Sell Books in a World of Big Data

Patterns in Everything: How To Sell Books in a Big Data World

How in Blog’s name is anyone supposed to sell a book nowadays, when 33,000 other books will be released on the same day as yours? The answer is to look for patterns. Unfortunately, this has global consequences… much like reading this blog on an empty stomach.

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Let’s NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription in a World Gone Bonkers

Let's NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription For A World Gone Bonkers

If you want to determine the state of humanity, just look at popular fiction, because we’re reading the opposite of what we’re living. Right now the people demand uplifting tales of generosity, kindness, and collaborative triumph over adversity. With that in mind, I’m predicting what we’ll be reading next, linked to whichever fresh disaster befalls the world this week. You’re welcome.

5 Bloomin’ Rules for Spring-Cleaning Your Overwintered Manuscript

5 Blooming Rules for Spring-Cleaning Your Overwintered Manuscript

On what felt like the first and long-awaited spring day of the year, I think about how the things we do in this season could also be applied to fiction that’s been in hibernation for any period of time.
(And if anyone dares to make a comment about how writing a blog post about something instead of actually doing it is the ultimate procrastination, I will sic Tark and Mara on you.)

Finally: The Book List For Book Lovers Who Can’t Find Books To Love

The Book List For Book Lovers Who Can't Find Books To Love

Once upon a time, a blogger couldn’t find anything she wanted to read. So she did the unthinkable, and asked the good citizens of the internet for advice. This is about the only time this year you’re going to get a happy ending to a real-life story involving social media and human beings, so you may as well read what happened next.

No Granny, Advice From Bloggers, and Wasted Film Smashes: 2017 In Books

Advice From Bloggers, Film Spectaculars, and No Granny: The Year In Books 2017

In January I shocked the world by reviewing the Year In Books 2017 before any of it had already happened. I am now reviewing my review in an even more reflective piece which is not to be mistaken for the kind of end-of-year filler posts one sees around this time where bloggers go over what they already said because they’re too drunk to provide new content. Merry Christmas!

I Realised Something And Now You Might Suffer For It

The Trans-Siberian Railway, Or What Not To Write About Russia

Sometimes a little bit of space can give you more perspective than a Renaissance painting. This is a pretty way of saying that I’ve been travelling, I’ve been thinking a lot, and the implications of that may cause more harm than good. For starters, I’m being prolific. And I think we can agree that nothing good can come of me having lots to say.

The Obsolete Narrative Devices Support Group

The Obsolete Narrative Device’s Support Group

It’s HIGH CONCEPT JOKE TIME! A group of unfashionable narrative techniques attend their weekly support group, unaware that impending disaster is about to tear their world apart. Can the Omniscient Third Person Narrator refrain from commenting on everyone else? Will the Prologue From The Future ever get to finish? And will One-Liner Bob get to have the last laugh?