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1. How to Plot Your Way to the Best-Seller List

best-selling-author-wpWorking on a book? If your ambitions run beyond merely getting your manuscript published to making it a best-seller, you’ll need to start planning before you’ve written your first word. And we’re not talking about planning out your plot. To climb onto the best-seller list you’ll need to be a one-stop shop of writer, marketer and promoter.

Keep in mind however, that what you’ll be selling is not your book, but yourself. It’s your success in getting people to follow you, rather than your title, that is the key to sales:

This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but aggressively pushing your current title in lieu of promoting your personal brand as an author — is an ill-conceived plan that can actually stunt book sales. Literary mega-stars like Stephen King and John Grisham have a built-in fan base that buys every book they release, almost automatically. And that, says [author Tim Grahl], should be the goal of every writer — particularly those who have aspirations to write in multiple genres or cover various topics.

For more advice, including how to build your base, read: 6 Steps to Becoming a Best-Selling Author.

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2. Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

More than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette.

“We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers,” reads the letter published under the name Authors United.

The anti-Amazon letter ran as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The ad campaign was spearheaded by thriller author Douglas Preston. Here is more from the letter: (more…)

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3. Stephen King to Reveal New Book Cover in Facebook Game

Stephen King‘s next book Revival comes out in November. To help reveal details about the book, he is playing a little game on Facebook called #RevealREVIVAL.

Today, the new cover will slowly be revealed as squares covering the design are unlocked. You can help uncover the design and reveal more about the book by liking this page and sharing the app. When enough likes, comments and shares have taken place, the entire cover will come to life in an interactive format that gives clues about the book. Here is a quote from the bottom of the puzzle:

In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies. The main cast consists of your family and friends. The supporting cast is made up of neighbours, co-workers, teachers and daily acquaintances… But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into our life… When I think of Charles Jacobs – my fifth business, my change agent, my nemesis – I can’t bear to believe his presence in my life had anything to do with fate…’

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4. Stephen King, Scary Stories, and Me

This comic made me laugh and shake my head in recognition.

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To be clear, I am not at all suggesting that I belong in the same sentence as Stephen King, the master, but I can identify with the perils of writing “scary” stories.

In my experience, it’s not the kids fleeing the room. I know for a fact that, generally speaking, there’s a huge readership out there for scary tales. I’ve stood before too many groups of excited students, from California to Michigan, Texas to New Jersey, Virginia to Connecticut (just this year) to have any doubts about the appeal of those stories. The big obstacle is the gatekeepers, the teachers and parents, people worried about what a scary story might do to a young reader — or, even worse, the worry about the potential backlash, the complaining parent. That’s the worst form of censorship in today’s world, I think, how the fear of parents complaint prevents some books from entering classrooms.

In the meantime, today I finished writing the first draft of Scary Tales #6: Swamp Monster. It was fun for me to invent new characters — twin brothers and a lively neighbor, Rosalee Serena Ruiz — and set that story near a polluted swamp somewhere in East Texas. New stuff for me, new challenges. I can’t wait to see what the illustrator, Iacopo Bruno, does with this one.

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5. Stephen King’s Joyland Has Helped Emily Schultz Sell Her Backlist Novel

Author Emily Schultz has seen a new interest in her eight year old novel Joyland, thanks to Stephen King.

King released a book with the same name last year and since then Schultz has seen a spike in sales for her novel. She has created a Tumblr page to document the experience and highlight how she is spending the extra money that she has earned. Check it out:

That was cool, until a few King readers bought the e-book version of my novel by mistake and started leaving negative and confused Amazon reviews. I asked Amazon to change their search results to keep people from buying the wrong book but never heard back. Apparently there were a lot of confused readers as this week I got a—for me—big royalty check for those mistaken books. I’m not so upset anymore. Sure, it’s more a pleasant surprise than a fortune, and I’m stuck with those reviews, but I thought a blog detailing how we’re spending the Stephen King money would be a nice way to end this funny and strange story.

 

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6. Inspired by George R.R. Martin, Stephen King Writes TV Episode

Stephen King got the idea to write an episode of  ”Under the Dome,” a TV adaptation of his 2009 sci-fi novel, from George R.R. Martin.

King wrote the first episode of the second season of the show, which debuts later this month. ”I knew that George R.R. Martin had written a few episodes of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I was very jealous,” the horror author told The Los Angeles Times.

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“It gave me a chance to set the arc in motion for the season,” he said between mouthfuls of pizza (served, much to his amusement, with a side of ranch dressing), “and it gave me a little more input into what was going to happen.”

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7. NO NEW IDEAS: Writing Within the Tradition

I was speaking to a large audience of students, at one point explaining my writing process for an upcoming SCARY TALES book, titled The One-Eyed Doll.

The first image that came to me was the discovery of a door, or a hatch, in a bedroom floor. An old rug had been pulled away and there it was. Strangely, the door was padlocked.

That image got me thinking. Why the lock? Over time, I played around with the idea, moving the hidden door to a basement and, later, to the woods, obscured below the leaves. It evolved into a locked box buried behind an abandoned house and discovered by three children.

By the way, I love the idea of characters believing they found something — that they acted upon an object — when the truth is the exact reverse: the object had acted upon them.

So: What was inside the box?

A crummy old doll.

Why was it locked inside a box, nailed shut, padlocked, and buried?

Well, there must have been something strange about that doll. Right? We all know that. Every kid knows it, too. This isn’t our first rodeo.

Now as the writer of this story, I had not yet figured out the issues surrounding this doll. The whys and wherefores. I had not yet answered the essential question a writer must answer for every character, in every story: What does this doll want?

At that point in my presentation, an excited boy raised his hand and said, “Like Chuckie!”

Well, yes, I guess. Like Chuckie. There are not many original ideas left. So, sure, absolutely, the evil doll is like Chuckie, though I’ve never watched those movies. Chuckie, of course, is not the original evil doll. Twilight Zone had several, the old Bat-Man comics — often a ventriloquist figures into these things — and so on. It’s a familiar conceit, a cousin to the Gingerbread Man and even Pinocchio. This is not depressing to me, as a writer. It’s inspiring.

Likewise, the secret door has been done a million times, most notably in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, C.S. Lewis’s “Narnia” books, and just about every time-travel novel ever written. Stephen King used a storage closet for his “secret door” in the terrific novel, 11/22/63. The door is just a device that gets you to the other world — or get the reader (and writer) to the story. Just push on through and don’t worry too much about how that door got there in the first place.

On and on it goes. We stand on the shoulders of giants.

Now it is fair to ask: If you can’t come up with your own ideas, why bother?

And I’m here to say that is exactly the wrong way of looking at it.

Because I am talking today about tradition, ladies and gentlemen, specifically about writing within a tradition — an awareness, conscious or not, that we’ve inherited a rich past. All those stories mining the same turf. Every storyteller throughout history with a pick axe and calloused hands.

The Japanese artisan Kaneshige Michiaki said it well: “Tradition is always changing. Tradition consists of creating something new with what one has inherited.”

It’s not copying. It’s creating a new thing using familiar elements. In that respect, it’s a lot like cooking. Here’s a chicken, here’s an oven, here’s some herbs and spices and all the vegetables ever invented. And, sure, if you are like my mother, here’s a frying pan and a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.

The challenge is to cook up something new.

Something satisfying and delicious.

I experienced this same thing when writing the Jigsaw Jones mystery series. That same sense of jumping into a river, pushed on by the current. And then, treading water, I start to move my arms, kick my feet for fear of drowning. The water of tradition — Chandler and Hamitt, Connelly and Sandford, Sobel and Christie — whomever! — carrying me along (so long as I kept swimming).

Did I ultimately make something new? I can’t be the one to say, but I’ve sure enjoyed getting wet.

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8. Misery by Stephen King

Of course, Misery the movie is fabulous; Kathy Bates can do no wrong. But in the book, every brutal aspect of Annie Wilkes's psychopathy and horror are just a little more, to quote the book, "oogy." You'll be surprised by what this gosh-darn sweet lady can do to all the "dirty birds" she meets. Two [...]

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9. It by Stephen King

Far more intense than the movie, Stephen King's It is structured to create great suspense. The book emphasizes the hopelessness of the situation — in which unarmed children are up against an unknown, demonic force — along with the relationships developed by the children. Books mentioned in this post It Stephen King Used Mass Market [...]

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10. This Past Few Weeks in Books 3/14/14

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Lots and lots and lots of good stuff. Let's get started.

Should books come out faster? The idea has long taken hold with self-publishing, but it's percolating elsewhere. Even traditional publishing imprints are experimenting with releasing series as fast as possible.

Are you putting off reading the rest of this article? Maybe this is why.

My good friend Sarah McCarry, aka The Rejectionist, has continued her incredible interviews with writers who are navigating depression. The latest: Elia OsunaLitsa DremousisJacqui MortonKatherine LockeB R SandersRoxane GayMattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Soren Melville. Must read, all of them.

Meanwhile, in other The Rejectionist news, she wrote an incredibly thought-provoking article arguing that recent dystopian fiction avoids current realities relating to race and gender violence.

In still other The Rejectionist news, a field guide to The Unlikable Female Protagonist.

Is this the year's most mind-expanding book around gender?

Anne Rice has joined the fight against author harassment on Amazon.

Are you interested in writing a picture book? Here are six tips.

Amtrak has launched a seriously awesome plan to start a writer's residency program. However, as Author Beware notes, there are things you should know.

Stephen King: The adverb is not your friend.

And finally, this is the only article about The Bachelor that you need to read. Which is really saying something.

Have a good weekend!!

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11. Joyland

Joyland is the perfect Stephen King book for those who aren't as into his regular horror and gore style but still want to be spooked. In Joyland, we follow the life of a college student working at an amusement park with a troublesome past and rumors circulating about a haunted ride. The spookier parts of the [...]

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12. Last Book I Loved: Dies the Fire, 11/22/63, and Reamde

We asked our readers: What was the last book that you couldn't put down, that kept you up all night, that you couldn't stop recommending? We were delightfully surprised by the number of replies we received. Here are some of our favorites. We'll be posting more on a regular basis, so check back often. And [...]

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13. Currently Reading Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson

Stephen King said in his book ‘On Writing’ that there are 2 things every writer should do: Read a lot and Write a lot.Stephen King - On Writing

I try to do both but sometimes one of these activities supersedes the other. I’m currently in a read a lot mode.

The book I’m currently reading is called ‘Girl Jacked’ by Christopher Greyson. It’s a mystery thriller and I’m at the half way point. My interest in the thriller/mystery genre was inspired by a chat I had with Stephanie Bond at the London Book Fair. Stephanie has more than 6 million books in circulation and writes in the cozy mystery genre.

I’ve been reading a few articles about mystery writing and Greyson’s book is the second novel I’ve read/am reading since my curiosity for this genre was piqued. The beauty and I guess popularity of the mystery genre is that the reader gets to play the role of a sleuth along with the main protagonist in the book. I believe it’s this interaction with the facts and clues revealed in a mystery story that make them so enjoyable. At the heart of every mystery story is a puzzle that needs to be solved. Most of the times this puzzle is the murder of someone related in some way to our main protagonist. The story usually ends with a resolution of the puzzle and the protagonist living to fight another day.

In ‘Girl Jacked’ (SPOILER ALERT, don’t continue reading if you have any intention of reading this book which I highly recommend) the murdered victim is Michelle who is the foster sister of Jack Stratton, a detective at the local police station.

Compared to other mystery books that I’ve read, the murder was revealed quite late into the story. There was always a dark cloud hanging to suggest that something diabolical had happened to Michelle but when it was finally revealed, I found myself saying aloud ‘Oh No!’Christopher Greyson - Girl Jacked Girl Jacked has had more than 175 glowing reviews on Amazon and I think what really works for this book is that you get to empathise with the main character who is facing some emotional battles and his side kick – Replacement. I found myself chuckling when the origins of this nickname was revealed. There is a down-to-earth way Greyson narrates this tale that’s free of BS and gets you rooting for the Jack. At the half-way point, o real suspects have really been identified but this has not taken from my enjoyment of the book.

The next book on my list to read is ‘A Life for a Life’ by Tim Ellis. I can’t wait to get into this book for two reasons. One is that I’ll be interviewing the author on Author Interview Thursday a few weeks from now and Tim’s books are very popular on the Amazon UK site and have more than 200 glowing reviews.

Like Stephen King advised, I believe we should all be actively reading and sometimes read outside the genre we write in. You never know what new idea you could stumble upon while doing this.

What are you reading at the moment?

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14. Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

Ninja Essays has created an infographic called, "Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors," which explores the technologies used by great writers. According to the graphic, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Quentin Tarantino rely on pen and paper to get their ideas out. George R.R. Martin uses an old DOS machine that runs Wordstar 4.0. We've embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. continued...

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15. Simon & Schuster Joins Scribd & Oyster’s eBook Subscription Service Library

Simon & Schuster has established a partnership with Scribd and Oyster. Readers will now have access to the publisher's backlist eBook titles. Some of the books now available through these two eBook subscription services include 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, and How to be Compassionate by The Dalai Lama. CEO Carolyn Reidy had this statement in the press release: "Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher. We are delighted to work with Scribd and Oyster to offer this exciting new model for readers to find and read eBooks, and to do so in a manner that respects the value of our authors’ creative endeavors and supports our mutual goals of selling the most possible copies of their books."

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16. Mr. Mercedes

In a Midwestern city, a killer plows through an unsuspecting crowd in a Mercedes, setting in motion a terrifying chain of events. Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes is a perfect summer read — page-turningly suspenseful, well-written, and unnervingly familiar. Books mentioned in this post Mr. Mercedes Stephen King Used Hardcover $21.00

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17. Stephen King, Mo Willems, & Rachel Renee Russell Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 08, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King: "In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes." (June 2014) continued...

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18. ‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ Video Pits Stephen King Vs. Edgar Allan Poe

A new video on the “Epic Rap Battles of History” YouTube channel pits two horror masters against one another: The Shining author Stephen King vs. The Raven poet Edgar Allan Poe. In your opinion, who’s the winner?

Comedian Zach Sherwin plays King and writer George Watsky plays Poe. Both Sherwin and Watsky contributed to writing the rap song itself along with two of the web series creators, Nice Peter and epicLLOYD. Which authors would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?

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19. Nan Graham Named Publisher of Scribner Imprint

Stephen King’s longtime editor Nan Graham has been promoted to publisher and senior VP of Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint.

Graham has spent 18 years at the imprint, working with authors that included Don DeLillo, Miranda July, Frank McCourt, Annie Proulx, and Colm Toibin. Scribner Publishing Group president Susan Moldow had this statement in the release:

“As if Nan hadn’t amply proven how deserved this promotion is by her firm hand in shaping the list and staff and insuring the growth of the Scribner imprint over the last eighteen years, her performance of late surely demonstrates that she continues to exercise her singular editorial instincts, abilities, and leadership qualities at the highest levels.”

 

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20. Stephen King Publishes 99-Cent Kindle Single About Guns

Stephen King has published a 99-cent Kindle Single called “Guns,” a short essay about gun violence in America that “constructs his argument for what can and should be done.”

In the essay, King wrote frankly about Rage, a novel he released under the pen name Richard Bachman about a boy who takes a high school classroom hostage with a gun.

Four different teenagers cited the book after attacks on their schools and King decided to remove the book from publication.

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21. Stephen King Reveals Cover Art for Shining Sequel

Scribner has shared the hardcover art for Stephen King‘s upcoming sequel to The Shining. We’ve embedded the online poster with the cover above–what do you think?

In a long interview with Entertainment Weekly, King talked about his writing career, his children and the idea behind the sequel. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Driving back and forth from Maine to Florida, which I do twice a year, I’m always seeing all these recreational vehicles — the bounders in the Winnebagos. I always think to myself, ‘Who is in those things?’ You pass them a thousand times at rest stops. They’re always the ones wearing the shirts that say ‘God Does Not Deduct From a Lifespan Time Spent Fishing.’ They’re always lined up at the McDonald’s, slowing the whole line down. And I always thought to myself, ‘There’s something really sinister about those people because they’re so unobtrusive, yet so pervasive.’ I just wanted to use that. It would be the perfect way to travel around America and be unobtrusive if you were really some sort of awful creature.

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22. Trailer Released for Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ Adaptation

A new teaser trailer has been released for the TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s Under the Dome.

Are you excited? The first episode will air on June 24 on CBS. Recently, Entertainment Weekly had some commentary from showrunner Brian K. Vaughan about the series:

With a 13 episode order and a big story to tell, producers said they’re, naturally, hoping for a long run. Whenever the end does come, however, “we have a final episode in mind that’s different from the book,” says Vaughan. “There’s a very cool, unexpected end to this dome, I think.”

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23. Stephen King Readathon October 2013 Sign Up Sheet

Quick break from Rainbow Reads for something I've suggested for a couple of weeks.

 Stephen King readathon! 

I want to do this because I'm loving watching Under the Dome, I enjoyed some of his stuff a couple of years ago, and I feel I should read some more of his stuff. What better time than Halloween (ish), eh?

Anyway, if anyone else wants to take part, please do.

  • It would happen from Monday 14 till Sunday 20th October.  
  • There will be no prizes for participating, except hopefully having read and enjoyed books from a prolific horror/suspense author.
  • I will be doing this regardless of whether or not anyone else joins me. 
  • All my reviews will be posted in the days leading up to Halloween.
  • Any participants should totally follow for follow and keep in touch and things. 
  • Spreading the word would be awesome. 

I hope you enjoy, if you choose to join me.




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24. Sample the Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Year

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It is Banned Books Week from September 22 until 28, and readers around the country are celebrating their favorite challenged books. You can also recognize Banned Books Week Heroes, join the Twitter Party or participate in the Virtual Read-Out.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the American Library Association (ALA)’s annual list of the most frequently challenged library books–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

Follow this link for a list of “all the books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2012 and 2013.”

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25. Before They Were Famous: The Oddest Odd Jobs of 10 Literary Greats

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by Alex Palmer

Plenty of acclaimed and successful writers began their careers working strange—and occasionally degrading—day jobs. But rather than being ground down by the work, many drew inspiration for stories and poems from even the dullest gigs. Here are 10 of the oddest odd jobs of famous authors—all of them reminders that creative fodder can be found in the most unexpected places.

#1.#2.#3.#4.#5.#6.#7.#8.#9.#10.Alex Palmer

is the author of Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature and Weird-O-Pedia: The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange, and Incredibly Bizarre Facts about (Supposedly) Ordinary Things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This piece originally ran in Writer’s Digest magazine. For more from WD, check out the latest issue

—which features an exclusive dual interview with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice, and a feature package on how to improve your craft in simple, effective ways—in print, or on your favorite tablet.

 

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