Saturday… Just Saying 9/15/2012

Elmore Leonard, 1925-

Elmore John Leonard Jr. is an American author if novels and short stories as well as a screenwriter. His began his career writing westerns but switched to crime fiction and suspense thrillers. Much of his work has been adapted for movies and television. He is best known for Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Hombre.

Leonard’s Ten Rules are from www.writingclasses.com
Photogragh is from Wikimeda Commons

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Saturday… Just Saying 7/21/2012

Janet Evanovich, 1943-

 Janet Evanovich is an American writer best known for her “numbered” contemporary mysteries featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, beginning with One for the Money through upcoming Notorious Nineteen. She also wrote contemporary romance as Steffie Hall.

Quote from: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/author
Images from wikimedia commons and KLeRosier

 

 

Saturday… Just Saying 3/10/2012

Barbara Mertz, 1927

An American author, Mertz has published under three names. She wrote her Georgetown trilogy as well as stand alone Gothic and supernatural novels as Barbara Michaels and writes the Amelia Peabody series and other mystery series as Elizabeth Peters. She uses Barbara Mertz, her actual name, for non-fiction work.

Quote from: http://www.slideshare.net/pkrambeck/quotes-from-authors-on-writing
Image: Birds, French anonymous of the early 17th century, oil on wood, 1619.

What are You Reading Today?

I’m Reading:
Kitty and the Midnight Hour,
Carrie Vaughn.

This first book in the Kitty Norville Urban Fantasy series is about a late-night radio host whose  program accidentally evolves into a phone-in talk show for supernatural beings. Kitty has been a werewolf for a few years but is trying to keep that fact from her radio fans. I’m enjoying the book and I’m curious to see where subsequent books take the story.

A Guest at Wedding is Reading:
Legacy, Danielle Steel, a historical Novel

Another Guest at Wedding is Reading:
Deliver Us from Evil
, David Baldacci, a Thriller novel.

What Genres Unlock the Kindle Million Club Door?

What Genres Sell a Million eBooks for Authors?

Curious about the genres of the pioneer Kindle Million Authors, I did some research. Keep in mind that genre classification will vary with source. I used the genre the author identified when available. Some authors write in more than one genre.

7  of 11 Kindle Million Members write in
Thriller/Mystery/Crime Fiction*:

Janet Evanovich: Crime/Mystery
John Locke: Thriller (and also a Western series)

Michael Connelly: Crime/Thriller
Lee Child: Thriller
James Patterson: Thriller
Stieg Larsson: Thriller
Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb: Futuristic Crime Mystery*

Fantasy: 3

George RR Martin: Epic Fantasy
Suzanne Collins: Fantasy

Charlaine Harris: Urban Fantasy

Other Genres 3

Kathryn Stockett: General Fiction
Nora Roberts: Romance
John Locke: Western (and also a Thriller series)

*Note about JD Robb/Nora Roberts. I’m pretty sure that, although her JD Robb series are very popular, alone J.D. Robb books would not have put Nora Roberts in the Kindle Million Club this early in the game, where as the Romance books alone would have probably joined the club by now.

This post is a partial reprinted from Author #11 Joins Kindle Million Club: George R.R. Martin because the information about genres  was lost in the announcement of member #11)]

Links to Related Reading:

Meredith Greene: Indie Writer & the eBook of Fiction:

Lindsay Buroker: Which Genres Sell Best for Indie Ebook Authors?