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By John Reese, Jul 10 2018 01:19AM

Whilst the evolution of self-publishing has proved a genuine boon for readers the bar for publishing has been notably lowered and in no genre more obviously than Literary Fiction. Yes there are a lot of great covers out there and carefully penned book blurbs hailing the masterful use of language and thought-provoking explorations about the human condition but there are far too many Literary Fiction novels failing to meet expectations.

Fans of literary fiction tend to lean away from fast-paced or tightly plotted novels with a preference for good prose, complex characterisation and challenging themes but whilst literary and commercial fiction have their own distinct conventions readers are still often confused about what the terms mean. Perhaps it is irrelevant and the only worthwhile distinction between books is whether they are good or bad. After all, arguing the merits of one genre over the other is fraught with contention but one thing is for sure and that is historically literary fiction has embraced a greater level of intellectual and psychological sophistication whilst rejecting formulaic tropes and cliché.

On this level, literary fiction embraces novels which tend towards the formally innovative and are preoccupied with a deeper understanding of the human condition as opposed to serving up an instantly gratifying story. Of course, there are other genre reads with literary merit too but perhaps we have veered too far from our original question.

We asked what the difference between Good & Bad Literary Fiction is and when it comes down to it the answer is extremely simple. It doesn’t matter what genre a reader leans towards a good novel should always engross and captivate a reader's thoughts because in the final analysis beautiful writing is no substitute for a compelling story.

One author who embraces the Literary Fiction genre is Jamie Zerndt who we recently had the pleasure of reviewing You can read our review HERE and also see how Jamie is using his rather distinctive narrative voice to attract an enthusiastic following.

By John Reese, Jul 1 2018 10:21AM

The popularity of Crime Fiction might wax and wane but at the end of the day, it still remains one of the most popular genres. Of course one might argue the popularity of a genre based on revenue or the number of books published but when it comes down to good old fashion sentiment Crime Fiction and particularly Thrillers takes some beating.

By John Reese, Jun 24 2018 04:34PM

We said it so often it seems like we are on continuous replay but we make no apology for saying it again. The days when an author could simply write for a living are over. Whether you write best-selling illustrated children’s books or something less magical authors are increasingly becoming publishing entrepreneurs and that means navigating the myriad of social platforms and knowing how to best maximise your valuable investment of time and increasingly money.

By John Reese, Jun 20 2018 01:57PM

We have said it before and make no apology for saying it again. The days when an author could simply write for a living are over. Whether you write best-selling crime fiction novels or something more mundane authors are increasingly becoming publishing entrepreneurs and yet far too many are missing out on potential book sales because they don’t appreciate the real power of SEO.

By John Reese, Jun 11 2018 04:33PM

How Best Selling Authors Best Writers Block

As Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter Ayn Rand once said, “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” It‘s an interesting thought and solicits much by the way of reflection. Creativity is a mindset and a way of processing the world but what happens when the creative juices stop flowing and how do authors avoid the dreaded writers block to ensure their prose remain original meaningful and above all delight their readers?

Writing a novel is no small undertaking. Nurturing and growing a story till it becomes a fully-fledged novel is a journey on which many established and budding authors find themselves faltering as their creative leanings wax and wane, but with a little forethought it needn’t be the case. Our top three tips are taken from our author benchmark surveys and with a survey pool of over 5000 authors you can be sure they will work for you.

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