• The Holy Grail to Writing a Bestseller
    by authorsebking on April 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I told the story I wanted to tell. I told a pure story. It was a commercial flop. I’ve learned a lot from the experience, of which I share with you (to quote the Fugees!). Perhaps ‘flop’ is too strong a word. But no bestseller was it. In this article I will share with you … Continue reading The Holy Grail to Writing a Bestseller &rarr […]

  • A Writer’s Toolbox
    by authorsebking on December 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

    [My below post was originally posted on Linda Hills formidable blog! Do visit it.] I have been overwhelmed by the initial reaction to my debut novel. Without any publicity or marketing, it has an all-five-star rating on Amazon. True, only nine ratings but as an unknown first-time Indie author I’ve been taken aback by private … Continue reading A Writer’s Toolbox &rarr […]

  • Goodreads: To Review or not Review
    by authorsebking on June 17, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Book: City Affairs: My Quest For Love.       Here’s the gig. The feedback I have received from my indie published book has blown me away. But the first commandment of book publishing is that good books don’t necessarily make for good sales. The biggest (and frankly only) reason to go down the traditional … Continue reading Goodreads: To Review or not Review &rarr […]

  • My Debut Novel is out!
    by authorsebking on May 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Hurray! Finally it has happened to me. My debut fiction novel is finally out! The e-book Kindle version was released today. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited and the promo release price is £1.99 (or Euro/Dollar equivalent). Please support my work by leaving a rating on Amazon! It took me 18 months from start to being … Continue reading My Debut Novel is out! &rarr […]

  • A brief note on Stephen King’s 11.22.63
    by authorsebking on May 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Far from a doting Stephen King fan, I actually marked down the last King novel I read (Revival). But this 11.22.63 was as close to perfect story-telling as you will get. This book had it all: deep characters; love; heartbreak; a sense of the epic history-changing mission replete with twists and turns. The pacing was … Continue reading A brief note on Stephen King’s 11.22.63 &rarr […]

  • Good Dialogue, Bad Dialogue
    by authorsebking on May 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Clichéd; contrived; awkward; unnatural; forced; stilted. Ever heard a book described as such? If the answer is 'yes', it’s probably guilty of serving up poor dialogue (among other flaws). […]

  • Broken Reviews
    by authorsebking on March 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Here’s a painful book: A Most Wanted Man by le Carré. And judging by the reviews I’m not the only one. It’s scraping in with an acceptable 3.47/5 on Goodreads although among the more considered reviews it’s dire. It’s one of those books where I literally had to force my eyes to the end of … Continue reading Broken Reviews &rarr […]

  • Ebooks, copyright and the French executive
    by authorsebking on December 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Not that I obsessively track monthly ebook sales, but the direction of travel is clear – ebooks are the future. For titles that lend themselves to discretion, it’s already the present. 50% of revenues for the runaway success 50 shades trilogy came from ebooks. Like many a delusional neophyte author, I recently found myself  dreaming … Continue reading Ebooks, copyright and the French executive &rarr […]

  • Show not tell – take 10,000
    by authorsebking on December 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The first tip an editor will proffer a wet-behind-the-ears author is: SHOW DON’T TELL. Just Google the phrase to see the number of hits returned. There is even a YouTube video of Stephen King placing this nugget as his number one advice to aspirant authors. Here’s an example from a thriller I’m currently writing. Tell: … Continue reading Show not tell – take 10,000 &rarr […]

  • Back, White and (50 shades of) Grey
    by authorsebking on December 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    It was easy back in the day. Books were bisected into fact and fiction and never would the twain mix. A factual book contained facts. Any percolation of fiction or unsubstantiated material into the final draft would leave the author discredited. On the other side of the taxonomical tree, a fictional book meant you were … Continue reading Back, White and (50 shades of) Grey &rarr […]