I Can’t Do What Ten People Tell Me to Do*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

An interesting comment exchange with crime writer and fellow blogger E. Michael Helms has got me thinking about the sorts of stories authors write. On the one hand, authors have ideas for stories they want to tell, and ways in which they’d like to tell them. On the other, there’s the reality of what publishers, editors, and readers want.

For understandable reasons, many publishers concentrate on themes and sub-genres that are selling well. And that can mean that there’s pressure on authors to write books in those sub-genres and with those themes. For instance, after the success of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs, the serial killer novel became very popular, and a number of writers created books that featured serial killers. And there are plenty of readers who enjoy serial killer novels. There’d been novels featuring serial killers since long before the publication of Harris’ novel. But…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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One Response to I Can’t Do What Ten People Tell Me to Do*

  1. Thank you for the re-post 🙂

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