• The Holy Grail to Writing a Bestseller
    by authorsmalik 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 authorsmalik 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 […]

  • A brief note on Stephen King’s 11.22.63
    by authorsmalik 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 authorsmalik 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 authorsmalik 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 authorsmalik 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 authorsmalik 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 authorsmalik 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 […]