Tips from the mountaintop
If we resolve to achieve success in our writing (especially in thrillers and suspense), we can do no better than to heed the hard-earned wisdom of those who have summited the best-seller lists.
Catherine Coulter has written dozens of NY Times best-selling novels. She shares excellent tips on how it can be done here:
During a ThrillerFest conference panel, four top guns—David Hewson, Lisa Gardner, John Sanford, and M.J. Rose—revealed these seven writing sins:
Ann Rule certainly rules in the true crime genre. Intense curiosity, a background on the fringes of law enforcement—and a fortuitous (though dangerous) stint as a volunteer alongside then yet-to-be revealed and arrested serial killer Ted Bundy in a Seattle crisis clinic—took her to the best-seller lists. Good advice for wannabe true crime writers here:
Notice anything special? All these web pages are from the same fount of writing information, the venerable Writers Digest organization. They’re publishers of a respected magazine devoted to the craft, and of valuable annual guides like Writer’s Market, sponsors of excellent online writing classes and of prestigious writing contests. They’re long-time staunch supporters of struggling writers everywhere.