Authors support fellow authors often. In fact, some dedicate full YouTube channels, videos, blogs, or events to helping others. So why do they spend time promoting others that could dedicated to promoting themselves? And what are some of the top ways to support our community? Find out on this episode!
We chatted with Coffin Hop Press, a small press in Calgary with the motto “New Crime. New Weird. New Pulp.” We talked about who they are, what they look for, how they work with Creative Edge, and a whole lot more!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s chat about romance, the top-selling genre in the industry (it’s a $1.44 billion genre according to Bookstr!). But what about subgenres? And is romance the most universal genre of them all? What is the modern romance reader looking for? This and much more in this episode of The Writer’s Edge!
How about a date for the day after Valentine’s Day? Come join The Writer’s Edge on Thursday, February 15 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time for a live panel of romance writers ready to answer your questions about writing romance, subgenres, the reader experience, and so much more! Here’s a sneak peak at our topics—Tim Reynolds was kind enough to answer some of our questions ahead of time.
What romance subgenre(s) do you write and why did you choose to write it/them?
One typical subplot in other genres is to involve some level of romance. Would you say that romance is the most universal genre since it commonly appears in so many other genres?
What would you say is the hardest thing about writing romance or your subgenre in particular?
What do you think a romance book HAS to have, and if that thing (or those things) aren’t present, it shouldn’t be called romance?
If a writer wanted to start writing romance in general, what advice would you give them that you wish you’d had when you first started?
One of the reasons romance is such a popular genre is that readers can experience a happily ever after or an ideal situation that they can’t necessarily have themselves. It can also give them an escape when they’re feeling hopeless. How do you think romance improves readers’ lives?
When I looked up “romance novels” on Google, the first result was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the second or sometimes third result was Fifty Shades of Gray. Those are such total opposites—what do you think of those results and what do the results mean about the state of modern romance readers?
According to bookstr.com, the romance & erotica publishing industry is worth $1.44 billion dollars! How do you feel about being lumped in with erotica? Is that expected nowadays or do you think the genres should really stay separate.
His latest novel is the award-nominated Waking Anastasia from Tyche Books. It’s a romantic tale of death, laughter, and love…in that order.
Long-Listed: 2017 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award
Finalist: 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
A Winner: Kobo Writing Life’s Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge
Two Honourable Mentions: Writers of the Future Contest
Honourable Mention: Illustrators of the Future Contest
Winner: The First Great Canadian Fable Contest
What could be better than some insight into book bloggers’, reviewers’, and interviewers’ minds? Find out what they’re looking for when they feature an author, whether authors should write to market, how to get your book out in front of readers, and so much more!
Writing holiday-themed books is each of our authors’ specialities, among other wonderful things. But how can you capture the spirit of the holidays in words? Do readers like holiday books? And which genres lend themselves to holiday writing? This and much more in this episode of The Writer’s Edge!
Let’s get down and dirty discussing indie and self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. This topic has been discussed often, but with how fast things move, there are always new developments, options, and strategies to discuss.
In the Halloween spirit? Travel back with us to Poe, Lovecraft, Lagosi, Price – we’re spanning writings and movies to explore horror history in a modern light. How much has changed for the better and for the worse? How do the classics impact books and movies today? Join us for a fun discussion.
The more books you publish, the more attention you receive from readers – that’s a fact. So how do you go about becoming a prolific author? And how often is too often to publish – or is there no such thing? Join us for secrets and strategies that could change your writing game.
Networking is one of the trickiest things for authors, especially with so many in person and online options. What are the best practices and what’s most worth your time? We’re joined by Creative Edge authors and the owner himself to share their unique experiences and tips!