Thursday, April 13, 2006


I was pointed to this link at The Book Standard, which shares some of the secrets of Dan Brown's writing. Like most novelists, Brown—author of the biggest-selling novel in history, The Da Vinci Code—did not start out as a best-selling author. It takes time.

The article tells of Brown's early disappointments with Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons and Deception Point. In fact, Brown was ready to give up, but his wife urged him to keep going.

His next novel? The Da Vinci Code.

And, if you have watched the best-seller lists the past couple of years, the blockbuster success of DVC led voracious readers to go back and pick up his earlier novels—including Angels & Demons, the first starring character Robert Langdon (who returned in The Da Vinci Code).

This is the normal way of things. Authors like James Ellroy and Elmore Leonard and most others wrote three or four—or several—novels before they had a hit. Based on everything I have read and heard, the important thing for the new novelist is to build for the long-term.
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.