Drip. Drip. Drip.
Water wears away stone by
constancy, not power, not volume.
Marketing with a
long vision will serve you better than looking for short-term sales.
do one thing to market yourself as an author, or to learn more about successful marketing. Here are 20 ideas to get you started: … more … “Do One Thing”
Writers are [photo by Zsuzsanna Kilian] readers. We get our ideas for stories, characters, complications and solutions from reading. We pick up new words and new ways to use old words. We absorb cadence, rhythm, pulse.
Any mystery-lover who reads
A Long, Hard Look will see the influence of, not just Chandler, but Christie, Francis, Stout, and Asimov; perhaps even a twist of Richard Halliburton. The homage to Chandler is intentional, and Phil Brennan owes as much to Archie Goodwin as to Philip Marlowe.
There’s a cooking competition show called
Chopped … more … “What Are You Reading?”
Great character advice from Steven Pressfield in the form of a question:
“How close are they to the edge?”
When a character teeters on a knife-edge, we can’t take our eyes off them.
My characters feel a bit safe. For my light mysteries, that’s okay. For the deeper Chandleresque cozy I’m working on, Jake needs to be closer to the edge.
But wait and see what “edge” he’s close to.
Enough about writing, just for one day.
The Myths of Creativity by David Burkus, The Courage Quotient by Robert Biswas-Diener, and Out of Range by C. J. Box.
Here are a few
things I believe about being an author in 2013:
It’s a great time to be an
artist It’s a tough time to
sell art Reading is a fundamental human activity; even
reading for pleasure Yes, we need
more books And more
authors And more music and
art of all kinds
Gatekeepers serve no purpose in the world of art Selling art is still a
business We have more
tools than we can use, for writing, marketing, reading, sharing
Literature is not an endangered species Nor are
Money comes second, or third; writing comes first Some people don’t believe that, but I don’t think it’s just my opinion, I think it’s a
fact Nobody writes without
fear Emotional fears do far more
damage than good I
hold back far more than you think I do
Helping authors is more important to me than money I’d still love to have
plenty of money and so would you
That’s the short version of the list.
And none of that is why I do what I do.
… more … “The Real Reason I Do This”