Friday, December 13, 2013
The novel with the same title is based on the same characters, but now when Margo Sutter comes to visit the psychiatrist, there's an entirely new set of baggage to overcome. Her story is on the cover of Time Magazine and half the population believes the apocalypse is upon us, while the other half believe she's mentally unstable. The psychiatrist, Michael Bryant, has just lost his wife and daughter to a drunk driver accident, so he's closing his practice. He wants to leave and find a way to destroy his own life. It's not until a rogue FBI agent stalks Margo that the psychiatrist gets involved. A priest friend of Bryant's believes that Margo is an angel brought down to save Bryant's soul. The FBI agent believes she's an alien herself and he's trying to kill her in order to save the planet.
The scary part?
Someone is right.
Currently the thriller is an Amazon E-book exclusive for $2.99. Other formats will follow, including a print version down the road.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
More times than not, however, the incentive is usually money. How? Well, it's all about crossover sales. The band or singer's fans are introduced to an entirely new group of listeners who hadn't know much about that band until that big duet together. Think Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty's "Stop Dragging my Heart Around." You think that didn't help those two artists reach over and capture the other artist's fans? You bet it did.
Now why would I bring up collaboration on a mostly writing/reading blog? Because writers have been collaborating for as long as musicians have. James Patterson publishes ten books a year. You think he's doing all that writing by himself? The reason I bring this up is because I've just been invited to participate in a collaboration myself. Indie superstar J.A. Konrath recently invited readers of his blog to send him stories using one of his characters in the lead role. After that he was going to decide whether it was good enough quality to develop a collaborating relationship with him. I'm here to tell you he really enjoyed a short story I wrote using his Jack Daniels character which will be published early next year. Yes, Joe will be rewriting the story with me by emailing the newest versions back and forth until we have a finished product, so it is a true collaboration. As a matter of fact my newest Nick Bracco thriller is destined to have one of Joe's characters in that as well.
So is this all about the money? Partially yes. Because let's face it, Joe will receive the benefit of gaining some new Nick Bracco readers and I'll certainly benefit from an introduction to part of his enormous fan base. At no point, however, would I ever publish something inferior just for a payday. This is all about the future and expanding my reach. If I can establish a large enough fan base of my own, it will make it so much easier to transition into a full time writing career. And after all, isn't that what we writers all dream about? The ability to write all day?
I'll keep everyone posted about the future of this collaboration and how it progresses. Right now I'm very excited about the possibilities and there will be more publishing news to come very soon.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Now, here's Tim:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Well, here's where J.R. differs from the rest of the publishing world. When I say he writes full-time, I really mean it. While in college he wrote two books and over 80 short stories. Currently he's ranked #11 on Amazon's author rating for the extremely popular Fantasy genre. There's no question he's one of the most prolific writers on the planet with 18 books being released in 2013 alone. Oh, and he's sold over 2 million e-books so far. Understandably, it took some time for him to respond to my interview request, but when he finally did, he was extremely warm and engaging, and obviously spent some valuable time putting together his answers. Thanks J.R.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
For me, a great book equals great characters. Make me care about the characters and I’ll follow them anywhere. Whether I’m writing a romance or a thriller, the characters are the most important element. With that said, there are big differences when it comes to writing a romance vs. a thriller.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Five years normally isn't all that long, is it? But I think you've nailed how quickly this industry is changing. Look at what Napster and iTunes did to the music industry. Or what digital cameras have done to film. E-books are showing phenomenal growth. We're talking triple-digit increases year on year while physical books see double-digit decreases. The trends point one direction. As someone who worked in an independent bookstore for the past two years, I've been watching this unfold from the retail as well as the production side.
I think the biggest change will come from the success of the indie writer, to be honest. And I don't say this because of what I'm experiencing. Rather, it's because of the dozens and dozens of friends I've met online who are having success with writing and publishing on their own. People are quitting their day jobs because their e-book sales are able to support them. They are now free to concentrate on their craft, supported by the small purchases of thousands of people around the world, all of whom have access to more choice in reading material than ever before.
As publishers see their market diminish, and I believe they already are, I think they are going to become open to working with authors in a more equitable fashion. E-book royalty rates have to change. They simply have to. The publisher offers almost nothing and in exchange they want almost everything. In five years, we'll hear about more and more authors signing physical print deals with major publishers while they retain e-book rights. That may not sound like much (since it's so logical and fair) but it will signal a monumental shift in how business is done.
Another change we may see, though I think this is ten or fifteen years away, is the end of stocking all titles on shelves, which has meant shipping books back and forth between printer and retailer and then back again for remaindering or pulping. It's a wasteful system. We have the technology now to simply print the book the reader wants in under five minutes, while they wait. I'd love to see more bookstores that highlight the social and community aspects of reading. A place to come and discuss books, to find out what's being written, to meet local authors and attend book signings. Bookstores are already becoming coffee shops that sell board games and children's toys. That trend will continue until they mostly carry bargain books and bestsellers, and everything else is printed behind a counter while you sip on a latte.
What won't change is the supply of books worth reading and people eager for each and every one of them. We have thirsted for stories since we received them around campfires. The method of delivery is not the thing. It's allowing another's words to stir our imaginations. And so we should concentrate on this and care less about the manner in which it happens.
This has been a wonderful time for authors, because so many good writers are finally getting a chance to sell directly to readers. I don’t know how long this will last, but it is a Golden Age of sorts. More and more midlist authors who found it impossible to build a career with the New York publishers are coming over to ebooks. And there are talented newcomers who couldn’t sell to New York, but really have the goods.
I don’t know how long this particular phase will last. It might be like the Gold Rush of the nineteenth century. The first adopters may be the ones who do the best. There will be changes—some big, some small---and it’s hard to tell where we’ll be five years from now. But I can’t help but think that Amazon will be running the show.
When I first got into the business, someone, another author, told me that if the book is good, readers will find you, if not, maybe you should consider doing something else. I'm mentioning that to say that time is a great equalizer and I actually believe the number of Indies will decrease.
I do believe the public IS the ultimate gatekeeper in this new order and they will answer the questions of quality and readability. Some authors will become discouraged, and I believe, at some point, Amazon, B&N, and others could create some kind of criteria for publishing on their sites. That's just my opinion, however.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
If you like reading thrillers, this is the spot for you. I'll be giving away 10 signed copies of my first Nick Bracco thriller, A Touch of Deceit, plus a grand prize of $100.00 Amazon Gift Card!
And here are your Winners: Barbara Stull, Joseph Hawkshaw, Ginger Hinson, Bonnie Hometchko, Brandy Blackerby-Thorton, Stacey Price, Katie Wrolsen, Alan Tucker, Crystal Craig, Janice Hougland. And the Grand Prize Winner of a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card is Ron Francis!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and supported the event. Stay tuned on this blog for more giveaways.
Please feel free to hop around to the different author's blogs. Here's the link back to the Summer Splash Blog http://splashhop.blogspot.com/ and choose another author's blog to visit. Learn how to become eligible to win a Kindle Fire!
Also, for thriller readers only, the first 5 people who Like my Facebook Author page here will receive a Nick Bracco T-shirt and a free signed copy of A Touch of Deceit.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
1- With all of your military training and law enforcement skills, are there scenes or themes in your thrillers which are a direct result of your experiences?
Friday, May 24, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
|Mary Shelley's book was rejected by dozens of publishers.|
Now, has the market been flooded by some marginal manuscripts which were thrown up on Amazon or B&N just because someone can do it? Sure. But if someone writes a good story, they'll receive the appropriate reviews. And if someone doesn't . . . well, the opposite will happen. I've never begrudged a traditionally published author for becoming successful the old-fashioned way. As a matter of fact seventy-five percent of the books I read are traditionally published and I've interviewed many of them on this blog. People like Tess Gerritsen and Janet Evanovich and Catherine Coulter just to name a few. And they've been gracious and down-to-earth writers. And I root for them to succeed.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I found him to be very engaging and extremely thoughtful with his answers. Thanks, Lee, for spending a few moments to play 5 questions with me.
- Tell us the difference between writing for a TV show and writing a novel.