Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Oprah Factor

There has been a lot of talk about Oprah bringing back her book club. Some authors are disappointed that she stopped recommending books to read. They somehow feel that their books will get profiled on their show.

I believe that they should try some other type of promotional avenue. After all, even Oprah had to start from somewhere.

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Novel I Was Reading

I was reading a novel the other day that simply bored me. I found myself unable to keep my eyes open. Have you ever had such an experience? I guess I should not be bashing other author's work. We all, however, have our own taste. I may like some novels that you don't like. You may like some novels that I do not like. What's the difference? As long as we all enjoy reading. There are plenty of novels for both of us.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Writer's Dilemna

Writer's are facing a dilemna today. there are so many publishers that a new author knows nothing about. Some of these publishers may give the author some attention. The new writer just have to start thinking out of the box in order to get his novel published.

He must be willing to start thinking outside of the box. There are so many novels being published everyday. How will he get notice? That is always in the back of his mind.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Same Novels

The same novels are the ones you hear about over and over again. The same novels are the ones who the major TV outlets talk about over and over again. It makes you wander. Why those novels? Why they choose to talk about those authors? Do that buzz just happens or is something underhanded going on that the general public do not know anything about? It makes you wonder?

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Non Fiction

Some writers choose to write none fiction. They even write their own their own personal biographies. This is a good idea when the novel contains information that can help others deal with a personal tragedy.

For example, suppose an author suffered from child abuse and was able to recover from it. This would be useful to any reader who has experienced the same type of trauma. Sharing your story, with others, is an unselfish act. Anyone who has such a story to tell would indeed be helping their fellow man.

Monday, April 25, 2005

New Novels

Amazon online bookstore is the perfect place to find new novels. Their services provide the reader with a wonderful experience. For example, when a reader makes his selection, other novels are presented that provides the reader with a wider choice.

The reader also can set up a wish list. Shipping is great and the recommendations are great too. For your next novel purchasing experience go to Amazon's Online Bookstore

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Novels Can Be Boring, Interesting, Or Anything You Want Them To Be

A novel can be anything you want it to be. What is is depends on the individual who is reading it, writing it, or reviewing it.

From the writer's perspective, the novel can be interesting. While at the same time it can be boring to the reader. The reader can find the novel interesting while the writer can feel he/she did not put forth his/her best effort.

A reviewer may find the novel uninteresting while the reader can find the novel interesting. Whose perspective one should choose. Since a novel can be interesting,boring or anything else you want it to be, just read what you enjoy, write what you enjoy and review what you enjoy. There are plenty of novels out there where we all can just voice our own opinions.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

New York Times Best Seller Lists

What exactly does it mean when you hear someone say the New York Times Best Seller List? Different people have different opinions as to what the term New York Times Best Seller List mean. It just means what is popular among mainstream society. In other words, what novel has gotten the most publicity and from what source that publicity was generated.

Take for example, Oprah's Book Club. A novel profiled in this club will probably be placed on New York Times Best Seller List. This has stirred up a lot of emotions among writers. Some of them have tried very hard to be profiled in Oprah's Book Club.

A novel profiled in a local media outlet usually does not make it to the New York Times Best Seller List. It seems that the popularity of the promotional outlet serving the writer gets profiled on the New York Times Best Seller List.

This should not discouraged writers from pursuing their life's work because there is always an audience for a particular genre and a particular story. Not to get off the track but take for example some of todays talk shows.

The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as the Ellen Show are popular talk shows on daytime TV. They probably serve different audiences but that does not mean one is better than the other. It just takes finding your niche, your audience and pursue those individuals. You have to write for you and let the chips fall where they may. You will be a lot happier with yourself if you choose this option.

Friday, April 22, 2005


There are so many novels being published. There is even an increase in vanity press publishing. A lot of novels are being published using this venue. Writers should be wary of a vanity press because there is strong evidence that these novels show a lack of readership. The main goal of publishing a novel is to have someone read it.

Thursday, April 21, 2005


Everyone has a story to tell. I find that some prospective novelist are more concerned with whether or not their novel will sell. It is best to concentrate on what is in your heart--that deep burning desire that is within you. If you are passionate about your topic and storyline then that is all that matters. One can never predict how well a novel will sell. The only thing we can control is how we feel about what we write.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Putting your words on paper is sometimes the hardest thing for a writer to do. Sometimes we feel as if we are just rambling on. I find just rambling on a good thing because sooner or later I will be able to get back to clearer thoughts. If I find myself stuck on some ideas, I just take a walk. I do not proscribe to that old adage that some writers do. For example, trying to make sure that a certain amount of words are written every day. I find that a certain number of pages daily will suffice. However, it is important to understand that if you do not meet your daily goal, it is okay to start all over again the next day. Frustration can lead to disappointment and disappointment can lead to just giving up. Sit back, take a good look at the direction you are proceeding in and keep on plugging at it.

Friday, April 08, 2005


Every writer dreams of writing a best selling novel. Who does not want to see their writings hit the best seller's list? There are so many writers who spend a lot of time concentrating on what they think would be a best seller. The key to writing, however, is to concentrate on your passion. That is what is important to you. Spending so much time thinking about what would sell and what would not defeats your purpose. The best novel is what you feel is best. Stay focus and write from the heart. If you do this, you will feel very good about your novel. No one can predict what novel will be a best seller. Just keep on writing and don't give up.

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