For those who don't know me, I am Amanda Howard, I am a true crime and crime fiction author, I have spent the past two decades interviewing and writing about serial killers and other violent predators. I am a regular panel member on Australian television programs regarding criminology and have appeared on documentaries, radio, online and in newspapers across the globe.
Up to September 2016, I have published:
10 True Crime Books
- River of Blood: Serial Killers and Their Victims
- The Lottery Kidnapping
- Terror in the Skies
- Million Dollar Art Theft
- Predators (co-authored)
- Innocence Lost: Crimes that Shocked a Nation
- Serial Killers and Philosophy (Collab)
- A Killer in the Family: When Murder Waits at Home
- Murder on the Mind: An Insight into Serial Killers and Their Crimes
- Rope: A History of the Hanged
So that is seventeen books so far, and I have another in the Kate Reilly Ritual Series coming out in November, as well as another True Crime book in February 2017. I also have a fair few other writing projects on the boil too that I will share as they come to fruition. So I think with a CV like that I hope that I can offer some advice on both non-fiction and fiction writing, The processes of dealing with publicists, publishing houses, editors and the like.
I have begun putting together a list of topics - of course these may change as time progresses - that I think this could be a great way to start. Each blog will link back to this page too, so you can go from topic to topic.
I will begin with the very first moment of a book, those tiny fragments of inspiration and take you through the writing journey until you reach your masterpiece.
The topics I will cover include:
Ideas and concepts
- The seed of an idea
- Where to begin
- Creativity - The Trial and Tribulations
- Is the pen mightier than the keyboard?
- Inspiration and dedication
- Writer’s block and free writing
- Who, what, where, when and how
- Long Chapters/Short Chapters
- Word count goals
- Similar books/films/ideas
- Write what you know or learn what you don’t
- Fantastic sources and resources
- Sourcing and referencing
- Genre, rules and the artist
- Writing packages and programmes
- When you don’t love your first draft
- When you love your draft too much to edit it
- The Editor and the Author Within
- The space between the work and the author (the need to leave early drafts to simmer)
- Subsequent edits
- Direction, misdirection and the need for a critical friend
- When you get sick of reading your writing
- Self-doubt and self-worth
- Traditional publishing vs self-publishing
- A changing landscape
- Unscrupulous “publishers”
- The traps new authors fall into
- Contracts – what do they mean
- The editor - friend, foe or something else?
- Do they love it as much as you do?
- When you don’t see eye to eye
- Creative control
- KISS- obvious is good
- The market and the shelf
- More research
- Nothing like the smell of success and a book
- The bookstore and the book shelf
- Press releases
- Your audience
- Social media
- Interviews – the good the bad and the ugly
- Radio, television, newspapers – what’s the focus?
- Nervous? How to curb it.
For now, before the journey commences, these topics will be a great start. Of course, stop me at any point throughout the journey and ask questions, request clarification or even perhaps suggest better topics.
Thanks again for dropping by, I hope to put these topics up frequently, as my own inspiration ignites my passion.
Until next time,
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