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Kristen Lamb

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Gatekeepers & Good Books: Trophy Fishing in a Literary Tsunami

Without gatekeepers, we may have hit a point where self-publishing could start doing irreparable harm to our industry. A ‘bad book’ from 1999 is not the same creature as the ‘bad book’ of 2019.

The Breakout Novel & Why Publishing is Desperate for the Next BIG Thing

The breakout novel is the novel that breaks the rules. These are the books readers never knew they always wanted, and ‘non-readers’ never believed would interest them in the first place.

Inner Demons: Soap Opera Drama vs. Story Drama

One key thing to remember about inner demons is they hide really, really well. If they didn’t, then shrinks would starve and be treated like writers.

Fiction Addiction: How Great Storytellers Put the “Meth” into “Method”

When your fiction is crafted properly, readers will beg for your book to end…and then be depressed when it finally does.

The Death of Ye Olden Bookstores & the Author Identity Crisis

While authors do love bookstores, we’re not in the bookstore business. We existed long before bookstores arrived and we’ll be here long after they vanish.