• 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…

  • Tips,  Writer's Block,  Writing World

    The Perpetual Rewriting Zone

    From time to time I run into someone who just can’t seem to make it to the tail end of their stories. I understand, of course. I’m sure most of us have unfinished novels on our shelves. Unfinished because we lost interest. Unfinished because the plot unraveled and we didn’t know to fix it. Unfinished because we simply stopped caring. But there are those out there who have unfinished novels simply because they can’t put the stories down. They can’t stop editing, tweaking, rewriting, starting over. They just can’t get their hands off of it. But here are some steps I’ve collected over the years to help you get your…

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    Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

    Anyone who’s ever been in the query trenches knows that there’s a lot of waiting when it comes to the publishing world. Waiting on query replies. Waiting to hear back on manuscript requests. Waiting to go on submission. Waiting to hear news from going on submission. Waiting. It can be super tempting to check your email 57 times a day. It can even get to the point where you’ll take anything, even the rudest rejection imaginable, if it means that there’s an email in your query inbox. (And if you haven’t set up a separate querying email, I suggest you do that now. Trust me. This way when you check…