Author vulnerability No.1: Fear of rejection

I think I can talk for all authors when I say that each and every one of us fears that our work will be disliked, that people won’t respond to it, that it will leave them unaffected, especially if we give heart and soul into our creative work (which is pretty much always). I succumbed to the same fear so much, that I unpublished some of my work due to the response. And then, I had a good talk with a very clever person who taught me some wisdom 😉

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One of the most famous book-spots in Switzerland

Last weekend my family and I went for a long dog walk starting in Bad Ragaz and ending up in the fields of Maienfeld. These names won’t mean much to most people.

But what if I told you that this is the spot where one of the best-ever selling books was written (no, not mine ;-)) and all the events in the book happened exactly here?

Any ideas?

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“The Senthien” audiobook excerpt 2

Today I am playing a scene that I find super cute.

A group of Old Earth people and Dora are about to cross the rushing river using zip-lining. Dora is getting ready and J is adjusting straps, when at one moment, they realise they are too close to each other. Dora´s Descendant upbringing urges her to move away but her inner emotions glue her to the ground.

I hope you enjoy it!

Sweet romance & zombie apocalypse: Should the genres mix or not?

 

What if a writer is inspired to write two stories that fall into two different genres? Should they write both despite the fact that their readers might not follow one of the genres? Or will fans of an author be interested regardless, provided there is a common thread they like that runs through that particular writer’s work? Check out this video and find out!

 

Stephen, you rock!

I’m reading “On writing” by Stephen King.

I love it, as most of his fans or aspiring writers would/do.

Two reasons:

First of all, this is the first book of his where I can actually “hear” him, Stephen King himself. Not Carrie White or Stu Redman. But Stephen King. And it was very nice to “get to know” him like that. And funnily enough, he reminds me of Dan Simmons’ Martin Silenius, a satirical character in the epic “Hyperion”. Continue reading “Stephen, you rock!”

The reader-pack: Alphas, Betas and Omegas?

Wolf-7I have just finished draft of the book ♯1!

But that doesn’t mean it will shine tomorrow on Amazon’s bestseller list. 🙂

There’s a long road still ahead.

At this stage my book is written and self-edited, but what I now need is a second pair of eyes (or several of them). So before I give the book to an editor, I need to get input from beta-readers.

Who are beta-readers? Continue reading “The reader-pack: Alphas, Betas and Omegas?”

Suffering and pain: The cornerstone of art

There is a blog of an indie author, Cristian Mihai, which I really like to follow.

In a recent blog entry he wrote about famous artists. Not artists that became rich from their art, but artists who moved people by writing books, making paintings or music pieces. The artists whose work stay with the audience for a long time after they die.

The classics. Continue reading “Suffering and pain: The cornerstone of art”