• Indie Author Life,  Lists,  Writing World

    Most Popular Book Categories & Genres

    It’s hard to find conclusive information on this topic, but this is what I’ve found in my research. Going by physical shelf space in chain bookstores, which I guess is largely Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, these are the most popular categories: General Fiction (includes mystery, suspense, and thrillers) Non-Fiction/Religion/Inspirational Romance (including historical romance) Historical Children’s (chapter books to middle grade) Science Fiction & Fantasy Young Adult Biographies Travel Foreign Language Graphic Novels Horror According to TheRichest.com, the following genres make the most amount of money: Romance/Erotica Crime/Mystery/Thriller Religious/Inspirational Science Fiction & Fantasy Horror According to Amazon, and here is where things get more interesting, sales breakdown in the following…

  • Fun,  Ideas,  Lists,  Story Vault,  Work-In-Progress

    A Dip Into Organization Land

    So, I went on record that 2015 was a pretty depressing year for writing. It’s the first year I didn’t finish a single project since I got off a 2 year accidental writing hiatus in 2011. And I spent a lot of time beating myself up for that. The thing is, if I had just stopped beating myself up, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to find a project I could stick with. I was just shoving things down my throat until I vomited story all over the place. And it was during that recovery period that the right ideas found me. Ideas I’ve had for months, mind you.…

  • Facts of Life,  Lists,  Mini Rants,  Writing Journey

    Mountain of Story Trash

    The shelved stories…(dramatic pause) I think about mine sometimes when I can’t sleep, in the hopes that I’ll eventually lull my overactive brain into dream land or learn something from them. Sometimes I think, “What are my reasons for trashing stuff?” Surely┬áthere is a method to the madness. Yes. I would like to pick up the mic and present you with this monologue I wrote to explain. ­čÖé Back in the day, no one looked at me cross-eyed when I trashed something. Very rarely, someone might say, “Hey, what happened with that story you were writing about the time traveler?” And I’d be like, “What?…Oh, yeah! Dude, no, I gave…

  • Facts of Life,  Lists,  Writing Journey

    2014 – Year of Discord

    Okay, not as dramatic as all that — but I did spend most┬áof my year on that ONE story. cries Which brings me to my fancy list, because don’t we ALL love lists? ^_^ My first thought was to work on decreasing the amount of time I spend being lazy between stories. However, on second thought, I decided a better plan would be to look over what I actually do between projects and go from there, because I’ve been comparing myself to the amount of stories I’m┬ácapable of writing in a year, not the amount of stories I can┬áwrite in a year and still keep my sanity in tact. This…

  • Books,  Fun,  Lists

    Top 10: Books with the Biggest Bang

    I was tagged by Sandie Docker to list the Top 10 books that have had the biggest affect on me. waves Random fact: I can totally type┬áwith my eyes closed! ­čÖé So, I’ve talked about the books that have had the biggest influence on my writing HERE and also HERE. I tried to put these books in order, but that was hard, so this may or may not be in any kind of order. ahem Books that inspired me, changed my life, or I couldn’t forget about long after reading them: 10* In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes This is the only book on the list…