Reading is the key. It’s imperative to browse current titles in the genre of fiction you write in. It helps to show you how to reach the audience you have selected for your budding title. Whether it’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, or even New Adult you’ll see published examples of what works (hopefully) and what doesn’t.
On the business side of things, it helps you see what’s trending in the current writing markets and it clarifies what individual publishing houses are looking to publish. Familiarizing yourself with the market, and competition will only help you.
Whether you search out the latest fiction titles for business or pleasure, their importance is worth a thousand words. I’m sharing some of my favorite authors and some books they’ve written. These authors inspire me every day. If you’re like me, sticking to one genre or audience is next to impossible, and my interests touch on a broad range of styles from YA urban fantasy novel to a horror-stricken adult publication. It is my sincerest hope that if you are here for an escape, this list will allow you to travel to the creative worlds of fiction.
Steven King – Thinner, Cujo
Anne Rice – Interview With A Vampire
Andrzej Sapkowski – The Last Wish, The Sword of Destiny, Blood of Elves
Christopher Paolini – Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
Pittacus Lore – I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine, The Fall of Five, The Revenge of Seven, The Fate of Ten
James Dashner – The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure
George R.R. Martin – Game of Thrones
Cassandra Clare – City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire
Rick Riordan – The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian
Randolph Lalonde – Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins
Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl, The Artic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Time Paradox, The Atlantis Complex, The Last Guardian
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
-And so much more. Enjoy! –J.L. Bernard