Climate Fiction: A Hot New Genre?

Is climate fiction really a hot new genre (no pun intended)? Something remarkable has happened when American colleges start to use climate fiction to teach how to prepare for the coming climate crisis. Expect writers to sit up and listen – especially science fiction writers. The New York Times recently reported on it (see here)…

How to promote your book and win reviews at the same time

Reviews sell books, right? But the problem is to get them. Ads are easy, you pay for them but they tend to be ignored unless you tie them to a promotion, making your book free or at 99 cents for a short period. The grand-daddy of book promoters is of course BookBub, recently joined by…

Simenon, Some Lessons from the Grand Daddy of Genre Literature

We all know that Simenon is the father of Commissaire Maigret, a fat policeman in the French Brigade Criminelle with a penchant for staring down suspects, and that all through the 20th century he was considered a literary phenomenon. But exactly how phenomenal is not so well known.  For example, I didn’t know that he…

Is the Amazon Ebook Market Model Broken?

Is Amazon about to drop self-published writers? Is there any reason why it shouldn’t if self-pubbed titles clog its Kindle Store, making it look like a hastily published slush pile? After all,  the ebook market is reportedly only worth 7% of total Amazon sales and it’s not showing much signs of growing.Yes, that’s not a…

Is Amazon Supremacy in eBooks Threatened?

Wow, super star Bella Andre has given full confidence to, no…Not Amazon Kindle Select but Kobo! See here: For me, this is surprising news. I’ve always thought of Amazon as the giant e-retailer whose supremacy could not be threatened – not yet and not for a long time. I guess I was wrong. What we…

The Digital Revolution: What Published Authors Really Want

Best selling author Hugh Howey has set up a really cool website to encourage authors, both traditionally and self-published, to come together and (eventually) form a “guild” – or some sort of association to defend authors’ rights against publishers and e-distributors. To visit, click here. To reade his latest report on author earnings and the…

Customer Reviews: the Best of Marketing Tools or the Worst?

Customer reviews are the latest buzz in marketing: They are used by everyone, from hotel keepers to fiction writers. As marketing tools go, they are cheap by definition: a customer review is meant to be a customer’s own independent opinion. It’s no surprise that when you travel, you find them on TripAdvisor, when you go…