It's always interesting to consider the origins of characters in books. What part of the author appears in each one? Does any one particular character represent the author more than another? Or are characters simply what they seem - pure fictional creations? I've looked back over my own work with curiosity regarding this question. Clearly, … Continue reading Where Do Characters Come From?
In discussions about marketing your book the experts always mention Author Talks. Presentations of this type appeal to me because they are real; that is, I am in direct contact with the people I hope will read my book.Not only might the audience be persuaded during my talk, but there are the inevitable questions and … Continue reading Speaking Out
This, to me, is a really interesting question. I had always thought the reverse to be true; in fact, I held back my non-fiction project until my first two mystery thrillers could be published. My reasoning? That the crime fiction will sell faster and maybe even help establish a platform for my non-fiction book. Hmmm. … Continue reading Does Non-Fiction Sell Best?
Last Thursday evening found me at the Santa Maria Public Library's Shepard Hall talking about my book and, most particularly, about publishing in today's digital world. The attendees were a mix of young students and mature writers, and not much in between. I had been advertised as a local writer, which appeared to be the … Continue reading Your Niche Audience