Hot on the heels of today’s success as his ‘The Ultimate Selection‘ rocketed to the top of the Amazon Kindle Thriller charts, crime fiction author SJ Wardell dropped by with some sound advice for new writers:
Keeping a finger on the pulse of the current trend, will keep you in the loop – Be in the knowledge of what the competition is publishing, and this will aide your creative juices. A useful tool is to read the reviews on other titles in your field. That said; you must be very careful not to fall in the trap of becoming a “mirror writer.” This can be literary suicide to any aspiring writer. This will be noticeable and can almost certainly have a detrimental effect on your writing reputation. News travels fast and book reviewers are well read people, who chose not to hold back when giving their professional honest opinion – This considered, a high volume of readers will only buy a book on the quality of the reviews it receives – The “book buzz” also plays a big part.
Trying to stay one step ahead, is a tough enough task in itself, but please remember what it is you have on offer…
Your amazing stories… Those stories need telling, and can only be told by your pen!