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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Advice on Writing

  1. Write, write, write. The more books you have out on the market, more you are going to sell. John Locke sold 1.7 million books in 5 months partially by writing 9 books in a year. He did this by writing a staggering 7,000 words a day (I write 300-500 a day). The more you have on Amazon, the better (assuming they are well-written books, of course). Make sure to add a “More books by” page at the front and back of all of your books to help with cross-selling. The ideal scenario is to create a series of books with the same main character but don't need to be read in a certain order, like Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series or Stephen Cannell's Shane Scully series (both of which are great). The next best option is a series that needs to be read in order like most fantasy series like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or G.R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones), but if you do a numbered series make sure your finish the dang thing in a timely fashion (right, George?) and not string readers along for decades, okay? The worst option is the one I've done. I've written an epic fantasy (The Heretics' Power), an end-of-the-world comedy (Mayageddon 2012), a non-fiction spiritual book (Mere Theosophy), a non-fiction how-to book (this book) and am working on a modern comedy with a Terms of Endearment feel to it about an octogenarian who wants to get himself thrown in jail to get decent healthcare (working title: Crime Does Pay). Stephen King and John Grisham have pulled it off, so I'm hoping I can too.

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