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Top Three Reasons to Submit a Guest Post for womenthrillerwriters.com

Are you a thriller writer who is too busy writing thrillers to devote time to writing regular posts in a blog? Face it. We all are. I am transforming this blog into a forum for thriller writers, primarily written by guest bloggers. Like you!

This is not the place to submit a post simply promoting your latest book. This is an opportunity to share your experiences, concerns, advice and questions with other thriller writers, and promote your book in the author bio at the end of your post. like mine, below. If you send me a short bio and book description, I can add it to this site’s Authors and Books pages. You will also have a link in the blogroll, so that readers can connect to more details about you and your books. And since I will get asked about this, yes, men are welcome, too.

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Top Three Reasons to Write a Post for womenthrillerwriters.com

1. You may already have a post from your own blog that is appropriate to repost here. This is your chance to leverage that work.

2. Womenthrillerwriters posts are short, with a narrow focus, like why or why not Indie writers should pay for PW Select, rather than how to get a review in a national publication. Like the writers of these blog posts, readers of this blog have limited time. They are looking for a quick, personal perspective on a relevant topic in writing, publishing and marketing books.

3. Your posts will inspire fellow writers and may spark discussions that can help all of us to make the most of this revolution in publishing. You will open gateways to other writers and thriller fans.

If you’d like to submit a post, contact me by clicking on the Contact button above, then fill in and submit the form. I look forward to hearing from you.

Pamela Hegarty’s new thriller, The Seventh Stone, combines the action of Indiana Jones with the history of Dan Brown, and takes thrillers to a new level in asking, “What do you believe?” Check out her website at www.pamelahegarty.com. She tweets at @pamelahegarty.

More Best Websites for Thriller Fiction Writers

by Pamela Hegarty

With the volatile changes taking place in the publishing industry today, it’s more important than ever to polish and advocate for your novel, whether you are published “traditionally” or “independently.”

Your primary promotional piece is your book’s cover. A simple step to making it fit the genre and reach your reader is to search Google Images for Thriller Book Covers.  It’s easy to see in the thumbnail images that many of these covers have a single eye-catching image and use a large font for the title and author’s name. It’s especially important to avoid clutter and smaller fonts when selling a book on Amazon, where the reader will only see a thumbnail image of the cover.

A great website to learn about cover design is thebookdesigner.com.  The host, Joel Friedlander, a professional book designer, offers insights not only on cover design, but on book interiors, publishing timelines, editing, authentic writing and more. I especially enjoy his book design cover awards. I find it inspiring to see so much creativity by many writers taking advantage of the new opportunities to make their books a reality.

On the writing side, check out the Writer’s Toolbox page on Lisa Gardner’s website. The best-selling thriller writer offers entertaining tips from the perspective of an experienced professional. And who can resist reading a post about Plotting the Novel: Or the Real Reason Writers are Neurotic? Her system may not be for everybody, but it’s worth checking out.

A Thriller for Father’s Day

By Pamela Hegarty

Looking for that last-minute Father’s Day gift?  How about a top thriller novel, and a few hours of peace and quiet to read it?  The following websites offer recommendations for a thrilling gift:

Jennifer Lawrence, a book blogger in Arlington, Virginia, offers several suggestions, ranging from a political thriller, set in the early days of Hitler’s reign, to a paranormal, involving a chilling series of deaths and a mysterious black panther, to a psychological about an amnesic who is prime suspect in his wife’s murder.  Link to it here.

If you need more recommendations, here are fifty top thriller novels of all time, as chosen by Naomi Sarah on Buzzle.com.

Website Wednesday – More of the Best Websites for Thriller Fiction Writers… and Fans

By Pamela Hegarty

Looking for your next good read?  Try provolibrary.com/adventure-thriller-fiction for a list of recommended titles with short descriptions.  Choose one that suits your fancy.  Beach weather is here!  They even organize recommended thrillers by category, like “After the Da Vinci Code,” or “Action” thrillers, a sub category reached by clicking on “Thriller Reading Recommendations Blog.”

Looking for a good thriller fiction agent?  In addition to the websites listed in my last Website Wednesday post, I recommend agentquery.com.  Easily searchable by author name, book title or genre.  A capsule description of each agent, what they’re looking for, who they represent.

Looking for  marketing tips?  At pimpmynovel.blogspot.com, publishing sales rep and blogger, Eric, offers an insider’s perspective on the publishing industry.  Insightful posts on query letters, marketing, and what sells and why.

 Tomorrow’s post:  What Star Trek taught me about character

Best Websites for Thriller Fiction Writers

The Best Websites for Thriller Fiction Writers will be a regular post on Wednesdays at womenthrillerwriters.com.  Here are three of my “go to” posts, for information, and, I admit, when I feel the need to justify a break from writing!

Chuck Sambichino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog offers dozens of posts categorized in everything from genre writing to pitching.  His blog’s agent profiles and interviews are particularly useful.

Speaking of agents, check out queryshark.blogspot.com for some strong opinions, i.e., excellent reviews, of query letters that aspiring writers gladly submit for diagnosis, dissection and, with work, a promising prognosis.  The Query Shark knows her stuff.  She is Janet Reid, a top agent at FinePrint Literary Management in New York.  Enlightening and entertaining.

TheCreativePenn.com is hosted by an author who recently self-published her first thriller novel.  She tells all the details of her marketing techniques, what worked, and what didn’t. She offers a true “from the trenches” perspective on the reality of independent publishing, including the amount of her first royalty check from Amazon.  Her website also offers many helpful posts and guest blogs on writing, creativity, blogging and marketing.

Check back next week for more websites.  If you have a favorite, or two, to share, please add a comment below.