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Book marketing strategies and tips for mystery and thriller writers. Advice on book reviews, awards, audiobook publishing, cover art, publishing and more.

Thriller Book Awards: The 2022 BestThrillers.com Book Awards Are Now Open

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the 2022 edition of the BestThrillers.com Book Awards, the world’s only thriller book award series specifically devoted to recognizing amazing mystery and thriller novels across 15 popular sub-genres. This fall, forty-six (46!!!) deserving authors will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in fiction writing. The 2022 Overall Book of the Year Winner will receive $1000 in cash, our …

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List of Book Awards: The Definitive 2022 Guide for Authors and Publishers

Looking for a comprehensive list book awards? You’ve come to the right place (updated for 2022!). First, a question: do book awards still matter? After all, in music circles, it’s fairly common to hear artists dismiss awards like the Grammys or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as nonsense. Even the Academy Awards has had A-list honorees refuse to show up to collect their …

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Book Marketing Study: Here’s What 531 Authors and Publishers Say Works

Mystery and thriller titles currently dominate eBook and audiobook sales charts. So marketing these books must be easy, right? Not so fast. There have never been more ways to sell, promote and cross-promote books – which makes it harder than ever to decide which path is right. So how are publishers, writers and publicists marketing their books? What are the most valuable formats, services and …

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Is AI-Powered Content Moderation Doing More Harm than Good? An Interview with Bestselling Author Ron Barak

Ron Barak is the bestselling author of the Brooks/Lotello series. The attorney and Olympic athlete has earned a Best Thriller of the Year distinction from BestThrillers.com a record three times, and his fiction has also been acclaimed by Brad Meltzer, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, James Rollins and others. His latest novel, JK’s Code, is about a gifted cybersecurity prodigy who discovers and unravels a conspiracy …

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Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: What Does the Data Tell Us?

What can book sales data tell us about where and how to publish your book? Plenty, as a new study indicates. With technology making it easier than ever to become your own publisher, authors have lots of choices, ranging from going it alone, joining a small publishing house, or submitting their work through the traditional agent and publishing house system. We’ll get to what the …

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Top Book Designers Tell Writers How To Help Them Create a Bestselling Cover

Among the many factors that affect book sales, the almighty book cover is near the top of the list. The importance of investing in a designer that understands your genre, and working together as an effective team, cannot be underestimated. All too often, a writer will invest hundreds of hours writing what is otherwise a great book, only to send up with a cover design that …

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Should I Publish Exclusively on Amazon KDP Select?

First of all, I should say that we love Amazon here at BestThrillers.com. That’s probably obvious, since links to Amazon book pages are all over our website. Amazon’s self publishing tools are clearly some of the best in the industry, and given the company’s market share, any author would be a fool not to have a selling presence on Amazon. With that said, publishing only …

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8 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Use Book Reviews To Market and Sell Your Novel

Whether you’re an indie author or signed with one of the majors, one of the most underutilized assets writers & publishers have are book reviews. If you’re like most, your book has acquired a mix of unsolicited reviews, paid reviews from sites such as Kirkus or Clarion, and blurbs from fellow writers. How that you’ve got feedback, you need to put these precious reviews to use. Here’s how

The Book Marketing Landscape Infographic

How does an unknown author create a bestseller? While it’s still possible to create a runaway hit based on nothing more than a great story and rapid word-of-mouth, it’s an exceedingly rare phenomenon. We here at Best Thrillers wanted to know. Our new infographic, The Book Marketing Landscape, illustrates some of the most popular services and platforms that help authors gain significant sales traction. Please find analysis and sources below the …

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