I just love Indie author success stories!
Straight from the horse’s…er, Jenny’s mouth. Don’t believe all the poo poo stinking up blogdom. Innocence is bliss. In other words, some people like making cow patties out of mouse turds.
I love reading and writing romantic suspense. I also enjoy a well written paranormal when the author constructs a believable world. Blending the two genres was a no brainer for me. Paranormal Suspense. Suspense that is out of this world. Where the only thing normal is the suspense. Yeah, I’ve been playing with tag lines.
The key to writing good paranormal suspense is keeping the characters and story line as normal as possible. It doesn’t matter if the heroine has blue skin or the hero is a werewolf as long as their story is emotionally charged. The reader has to connect to them on a human level. Which means the author should spend more time on GMC and less on describing the creature’s physical features unless they can tie the appearance to the character’s internal/external conflict.
World building is another area that can be overdone. I’ve read paranormal and fantasy novels where the author put so much effort into creating an extraordinary world that the plot became secondary. Usually the story line really kicks in around the third chapter but by then I’ve lost interest and gone in search of a new book.
Paranormal Suspense should contain all the elements of a fast moving thriller. Creatures, super human powers and atypical settings can actually add to the suspense. The author has the option to create new weapons, more colorful villains and add another layer of angst by making one of the main characters human and the other not.
My Paranormal Suspense WIP is entitled “An Unholy Alliance”. It has some twist and turns that I hope will be a surprise for my readers. It also challenges belief systems. It’s meant to be edgy and I think it is.
Just for fun, I decided to take my Paranormal Suspense in another direction by adding erotic elements. I use the pen name Alexis Thomas for those hot, sexy manuscripts. An excerpt of “Demon Heat” is available at my alternate website, www.alexisthomas.wordpress.com
Please stop by and leave a comment. Am I on the right tract or have I completely derailed?
I read an interesting article today posted on the PCWorld website by Melissa Perenson. She discussed the future of e-books, more specifically e-book readers. It offered a different perspective on the digital book phenomena, which I appreciate.
The future success of e-books lies not with the quality, quantity or pricing of downloadable material, as many publishers would like us to believe. It lies with the adaptability of e-readers.
Now this makes perfect sense to me. Facts are facts and anywhere you look, there is evidence e-book purchases are eclipsing the most conservative estimates. According to Perenson, “…a report by Forrester Research predicts that sales of digital titles (and readers) will top $1 billion in 2011. And the New York Times this week started adding e-books to its weekly Best Sellers list.”
Perenson goes on to point out the real issue with e-readers is DRM or Digital Rights Management. Right now, there’s hot competition between distributors to sell their format exclusively. Yeah, yeah…there are those who ”say” they sell books in a universal e-Pub format which should make them compatible, right?. What they don’t tell you is if Apple, B&N or other distributers have coded an e-Pub file with DRM, it may not work with your e-reader. The buyer has no way of knowing until after they’ve purchased the e-book.
The answer, of course, is a universal library that’s accessible from any platform. There are people in high places who don’t want that to happen. I’m of the opinion readers will demand it eventually but when is anybody’s guess.
There will always be readers who prefer paper to digital when it comes to reading material whether it be books, magazines or newspapers. However, that group is fast becoming the minority. A vocal minority, mind you, but the numbers are decreasing each day. Our children are schooled in a digital age so it only stands to reason that e-books will be the format of choice in coming years.
As writers, we must consider all aspects of the market when choosing an agent, publisher, indy publishing, or even a format, to present our work. I’m looking forward to watching this transition unfold.
For the full article at PCWorld by Melissa J. Perenson, please go to http://www.pcworld.com/article/219335
It’s almost time. Time to submit my most recent completed manuscript for a final review.
I’m of the firm opinion revisions never end until the book is on the shelf. A writer will always find something to “tweak” when they go back to page one and read forward. But at some point you have to exercise self-discipline, fold your hands primly in your lap and say, “Finished”.
I’m close to reaching that moment with one caveat…instead of folding my hands primly, they’ll be wrapped around a champagne flute. This has been a tough one with many incarnations.
I’ve lost count how many completed works I’ve penned over the years. The confusion lies with the fact I’ve made extensive plot changes to several manuscripts – to the point that it’s not even the same story. I don’t know if that counts as an additional book or a .5 on the writer’s scale.
I’m excited about this particular completion because I’ve learned so much in the past year through workshops, books and networking. It represents a work incorporating cumulative avenues of knowledge. And possibly the best novel I’ve submitted to date.
So as I approach “The End”, I ask myself, “Self…who should read the finished product from beginning to end? My critique partners or a Beta reader?”
And Self replied, “A Beta reader. You’ve exhausted all your critique partners. You need a fresh pair of eyes who can read your manuscript without remembering the five versions you wrote prior to completion.”
Ah, ha. Self has moments of amazing insight and wisdom.
So I’ve found a Beta reader who has graciously agreed to review my finished product. While she’s doing that, I’ll be working furiously on my synopsis. Provided there are no extensive revisions, the next step is submitting to the publishing house I’ve targeted.
And after that….I’ll be waiting. Not idly, I might add. I’ll also be working feverishly on my current WIP, a gritty futuristic paranormal.
A writer’s work is never done.