Category Archives: Going Pro

Questions 313: Forgettable First Novels and Series Strategies

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Herb asks:
“Should I put off writing a series until I have a few novels under my belt?”

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Resources mentioned:
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1) by Piers Anthony
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Questions 312: Writing To Market–The Rant!

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Robert asks:
“You’ve talked about writing to market before. How about the full-on rant?”

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Questions 310: The Viability of Erotica

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Herb asks:
“Can writing erotica be a viable career path?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Selena Kitt
Fifty Shades of Grey

Questions 289: First Person, Present Tense

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DC asks:
“What tips can you offer for achieving depth in first person, present tense?”

Resources:
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
Mortal Fear by Greg Iles
24 Hours by Greg Iles
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block

Questions 288: Is There A Market For it?

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Charles asks:
“I want to write a sprawling world with many different stories in it. Is there a market for this?

Resources:
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 287: Short Novels–Are They Worth It?

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“James Patterson’s Book Shots has me thinking about writing short novels. What are your thoughts on short fantasy novels?”

Resources:
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
The Final Formula by Becca Andre
Ideas, Inc. by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Professor Challenger Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do! by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 284: More Thoughts on Exclusivity

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“What are your thoughts on my KDP Select strategy? How does exclusivity work in a good business strategy?”

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