"I think there's a time lag because booksellers take a 'feed' from their distributor's database (Nielsen?). So let's say Nielsen - or whoever - take it off their database, but if B&N don't refresh their feed for…"
"... find that compelling story, the 'McGuffin' that people find fascinating. What will make the book stand out from the others on the (virtual) shelf?
To the folks on here who've commented about getting emotion on the page, can I…"
"I'm not sure if - or how far - this is relevant, but I saw an interesting factoid recently: in France, downloaded ebooks only account for about 3% of book sales. French reading culture is still about physical books, for the most part. Having…"
HiSorry, that's a terrible topic title! I've been tagged in a growing project linking book to book called "The Next Great Thing" - there are a number of questions each author answers in their own blog on a certain day - then that author "tags" five more authors to continue the process. I've been tagged to post on the 5th December, so the people I tag will need to post their answers (and tag five more people) on the 12th of December. If you're interested, I'll put you on my list. It may be a…See More
I think I'm too low down the rankings now to show there! But thanks for the tip. It kind of explains how the 'hard-boiled' category showed through 2 routes - let's say it would show through Crime/Mystery &…"
"Have to agree with all those who say it's the exposure. I was selling about 10 books a month of my two Kindle books at $1.49. Then the freebie KDP offer came along and I put one book on the freebie list for 5 days. It 'sold' almost…"
"John Sandford has a series of 4 books about a guy called Kidd who is an artist as well as a hacker. Some of the books go back to the 90s, if I remember, so the tech might be a bit old. But they're an excellent read. He has a longer series about…"
I'm a writer, editor, proofreader and copywriter and I've published two crime novels, with the third on the way. I have a blog that focuses on how crime writers write - in other words, how do they create their own particular style?
Anything by James Lee Burke, George Pelecanos, Elmore Leonard, Robert Crais, Patricia Highsmith, Lawrence Block, James Hall, Tim Dorsey, Joe Lansdale. Most of Jefferson Parker, Carl Hiaasen and James Crumley. No British crime writers make my cut.
Then add in Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and John Dos Passos.
And Kurt Vonnegut.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
At the moment:
The Walking Dead
NYPD Blue (deceased)
The West Wing (deceased)
Movies: Too many to mention - some current favourites:
The Bourne trilogy
A Clockwork Orange
The 400 Blows
Hi! This is a link to my blog on Blogger. It looks at how crime writers write and produce the effects that they do: Crime Writing Confidential
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Keith, if you're the Keith I'm thinking about, I critiqued a story of yours way back on another site (CC). Set for Saturday I believe it was called. Good stuff. I remember another story of yours - though I blacked out on critiquing it (blame the ouzo) - The Secret Place. It was a 2x4 to the back of the head attention grabber. What've you done with it?
Yes, I just did - it looks good! I'll keep it in my favourites. I forgot to mention George Pelecanos and Walter Mosley, who your interviewee also mentioned. My latest favourite is Joe R. Lansdale - an East Texan writer who is both exciting and comic at the same time. Oh, and let's not forget the great Elmore Leonard!
Hi Keith, you're welcome. I had over 10 yrs experience with my local theatre, it was only a small one, 150 seater, but as well as acting, and lighting experiences gained, it fired up my interest in writing comedy plays, mainly for the amatuer market, (although if one got taken up by a professional theatre company, so much the better!)
I need to do some major re-working on my two main novels, 'Medusa's Curse' & 'Inside Justice', as they were written in the early 90's, and I feel that by today's standards, they'd not fair too well.
It's nice to make your acqauintance.
Oops, sorry - can't believe we down here actually got to see the end of the Sopranos before you up there. And I know what you mean about avoiding commentary on the finale, I ducked and dived it for months too. But I don't think I gave anything away, did I?
You know, the first month I worked at the store the manager had to remind me to pick up my paycheck. That's how excited I was to be working there. Of course, the perils of retail include messy shoppers, rude shoppers, customers who belive we are a baby-sitting service, and those who believe we need to stock books out of print for the past decade. Even with all that, I love talking about my favorite authors, recommending books, and seeing the new stock come in and sell well. I'm also fortunate that this is a second job, or I'd be bankrupt just supporting my addiction to the printed page :o) BTW Is Altered Life available in the US? I'm in a university community, so we have an eclectic group of readers. We carry (finally) Stephen Booth's mysteries as well as a few others. I'd like to read yours so I can recommend it!