Serial Fiction Defined: Write Short, And Sell

A reader messaged me: “Although I’ve published four novels, I don’t have a mailing list. I realize I need one… Will writing serial fiction help to build my list?” Serials are sometimes conflated with series fiction, so let’s look at what defines “serial” fiction first. What is “serial” fiction? Serials are ongoing stories, published in installments. In Charles Dickens’ day, … Read more

Self-Publishing: The Easy And Free Book Marketing Solution

The self-publishing author told me: “I hate book marketing. At least if I get a publisher, I can forget about that. I just want to write…” Experience is always the best teacher, so I swallowed hard and suppressed my giggles, then responded calmly: “Yes… most authors prefer writing to marketing.” Why do authors (whether self-publishing or not) hate marketing? My … Read more

Writing Short Stories? The Savvy Author’s Tips For Sales Success

Wondering about writing short stories? I often recommend short fiction to new authors, but established authors can benefit too. Amazon even has an entire category devoted to short ebooks—more on that in a moment. A few days back, an author told me: “Yes, but bestselling authors don’t publish very short books!” Well… Many bestselling authors know the value of short … Read more