Selling lots of books and winning literary awards can sometimes be mutually exclusive, but today’s guest has managed both, so I’m thrilled to be talking to Rebecca Cantrell.
In the intro I give my own writing update and talk about my progress on Destroyer of Worlds. In publishing news, there are rumors of Amazon opening more bookstores across the US, and a kerfuffle about KU pages read now being calculated differently.
I also mention the release this week of How Authors Sell Publishing Rights by Orna Ross and Helen Sedwick, which is all about how you can sell foreign rights, translation and many more rights as the industry continues to open up to business minded indies.
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Rebecca Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning thriller and mystery author.
Her series include the Hannah Vogel historical thrillers set in 1930s Berlin, the Joe Tesla contemporary thrillers, the Order of the Sanguines supernatural thrillers with James Rollins (which I love!), and the Malibu Mysteries with Sean Black.
- An overview of the series Rebecca writes, including two co-written series; one with James Rollins and one with Sean Black.
- On researching times and places where and when one doesn’t necessarily live, and the tools available to do that including YouTube and historical diaries and newspapers.
- Rebecca and I had an awesome conversation about the gates of hell, vampires and more. You can find an audio and transcription here.
- Rebecca’s advice about having fun while doing research and her suggestions for how to create a successful co-writing partnership.
- How co-writing partnerships can help an author learn new skills, and grow and stretch as a writer.
- How Rebecca manages and markets her books across several genres, and how she chooses what to write next.
- On winning awards with writing and being a hybrid author.
- The challenges and benefits that come with being traditionally published.
- The shifting attitudes of traditionally published authors toward independent publishing.
- Where the German market is on paper books vs. ebooks, and also what genres are popular in that market vs. the US.
- On some of the challenging rules and laws in Germany that affect book pricing, titles and royalties.