Let’s Write A Thriller!

We can’t skip over Spooktober without thinking of writing a thriller! We must give the people what they want!

Now, there’s a million and one sub-genres and other avenues for writing a thriller, but we are just going to stick to the basics. Just like a good witches brew, there are main ingredients a thriller must have. 

Choose a fitting theme.

Death, good vs. evil, courage and heroism, war, individual vs. society. You know what I mean! All good stories have themes, so pick one and stick to it!

Open up with a bang!

You can go into the biographical stuff later on in the book. Make chapter one the time to introduce the crime and the action. Don’t sacrifice your writing style, but bring on the action!

Multiple points of view. 

Allowing the reader to go deeper into character minds builds more tension and can thicken a plot. We want to know who these characters are. 

Emotional change. 

The protagonist needs to show growth and even victory over time. We want to know their fears and desires and how they change from it. 

Reveal something new in each scene.

We want to learn something new, no matter how small it may seem. We are on a ticking clock after all…

Avoid passive voice.

Show, don’t tell! Use action verbs to make the reader feel it. 

Teach the reader something. 

When all is said and done leave the reader with knowledge. About an animal, social issue, medicines, anything! We want to remember your book!

I hope you learned something new today. Now, start writing your best thriller book! There are many more tips and tricks out there- use them to your advantage. 

And don’t forget to share your work with us and view our other posts for more writing tips. 

Happy Writing!

What Are Subsidiary Rights? And Why You Should Exercise Them

Subsidiary rights refer to transforming your book into other media formats. For example, turning your books into translations, audiobooks, or a movie/television show. Exercising the subsidiary rights for your books is a great way to gain more of an audience!

And that’s where we come in! Hershman Rights Management is a literary agency focused on helping authors branch out into other markets, more specifically foreign, audio, and motion picture. We want to help your book reach new heights! 

Now, here’s a little on how that works…

We represent; indie and traditionally published authors, writers who aren’t yet published, and publishers without in-house subsidiary rights specialists. If you have a book that is already published that you would like to seek representation on, you can send us a submission right from our website with our unique instant approval process. We would love to take a look!

You can also use our contact page to ask any questions.

We have a wide author selection with a variety in genres. And have helped translate books into German, Italian, Polish, French, and much more! 

Some of the audiobook publishing companies we work with include: Tantor, Dreamscape, Podium Publishing, Brilliance Audio, W.F Howes, Audible, and MMB Media!

A notable film project we have is Hallmark Channel’s “The Christmas Club” based on the book of the same title by Barbara Hinske.

In the traditional publishing sphere, we work with Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing) to bring the ZOE BENTLEY series by Mike Omer to life- as just one example. 

We have many new projects in the works, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon!

Take a look at what we do! And start thinking about your subsidiary rights!

*All the links in the post are from projects we have helped put into action.

ITALIAN

GERMAN

THE CHRISTMAS CLUB

https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/the-christmas-club

POLISH

http://www.wydawnictwofilia.pl/Szukaj/?s=denzil

Keep At It!

Only you can push yourself to be the best you can be! So keep doing what you love! Write write write!

We have a lot more motivational blog posts and inspiration to spark your next idea, so follow us for more literary fun!

Happy Writing!

Writing The Anti-Hero

The Anti-HeroWe are living in a time where escaping the confines of our home is what we want to do more than anything. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, etc. can only provide so much entertainment. The plots become predictable, the characters lose…

Use Your Magic!

Your words are magic, you just have to believe in them! We want to reflect positivity on writers because we love them! We need you more than you think, so keep being you! Write what you love and check out…

Let’s Write A Thriller!

We can’t skip over Spooktober without thinking of writing a thriller! We must give the people what they want! Now, there’s a million and one sub-genres and other avenues for writing a thriller, but we are just going to stick…

Inspiration For Your Spooky Novel

The witching hour is upon us! If you are in the midst of writing a spooky novel or think you want to write one, continue reading for some inspiration.

Looking at pictures is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Browse the collection below and let your imagination take flight!

Abandoned Building

Cemetery

Old Hotel

Forest at Night

Thunderstorm

Marsh/Swamp

If you are up for it take some time to go to one of the places above to enhance your imagination. Bonus points if you have a haunted place near you. 

Another great way to get inspiration is from your favorite thriller/spooky books. Check out a few of our favorites below!

Start Your Gratitude List Today!

Take 60 seconds out of your day to reflect positivity. 

Start a gratitude journal. 

It can be in a journal you already write in, or one dedicated to your gratitude list, but make it your own. Find one that compels you to want to write in it everyday. And put it in a place where you will see it, as a friendly reminder to pick it up. 

Keep it simple.

You don’t have to explore the deep depth of your mind just yet. Keep it simple with gratitude such as “I ate today”, “I have a place to sleep” or “I am in love.” With time your list will grow and bring positivity to your life. 

Soon your routine will be created. This is your journal, so make sure you are using it to your best ability. Enjoy your favorite cup of coffee or tea in the morning with a furry friend or a cozy blanket and reflect on the positivity in your life. Watch your mind change and grow as your routine sinks in. 

This is a perfect time to step away from technology for a little bit and just grab a pencil. Put your thoughts on paper the old fashioned way and really feel what you are writing down.

Happy Writing!

What Type of Reader Are You? – With Quiz!

I don’t know about you…but whenever I have an opportunity to take a quiz, that may or may not be spot on, I can’t help but take it! So today, we challenge you to take one of your own!

With anything, everyone has different habits, so take a second to think about what you like or don’t like while reading. Do you write in the book? Need absolute silence? Or fold the pages? There are so many more reading quirks out there that you might not even realize you do! 

Take a quiz or two and let us know what you got!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/emelyhernandez/what-type-of-reader-are-you-daiviwxac3

Recycled Book Crafts!

Take a break. Boost your mood with some fun DIY crafts (literary inspired of course).

You are more creative than you think, believe me! So why not take the time to try something new? Do you have a pile of old books that you don’t read or are to the point of falling apart? Now is the time to turn them into something new!

Browse our selection of crafts that you can start today!

Print on them

Take your favorite pages and turn them into a new piece of art! Use whatever medium you want paint, ink, or even other scraps of paper. Frame it and bam! Your new favorite wall piece is created.

DIY Book Shelf

How cute! Turn your old books into your own shelf! This one will take more time and construction, but the final results look like they will be worth it! 

Book Balls!

Make your centerpieces from your favorite literary works! These flower-like paper hydrangeas could last you forever.

Bookmarks

Make your favorite bookmark on your own! As we all know the spine is usually the first to go with old books. So take it and create a piece that you can use with your new books!

There are many, many more craft ideas you can do- there are plenty of options out there! I find it so rewarding to take something that would not necessarily be used and to turn it into something new. Let us know if you gave one of these crafts a try!

Happy Friday!

Get Your Mask On! Fun Literary Inspired Face Masks

The world is changing at our feet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate some fun into our daily lives! 

This gives ‘your nose is always stuck in a book’ a new meaning! If you have to wear a mask, at least make it something worth putting on. These also make for a great back to school accessory for kids or if you work in education.

Here are a few that caught my eye!

Winnie the Pooh for $17

Jane Austen for $13

Book Return Date for $16

Books and Plants! For $18

Here are some additional websites, with great selections!

And even if you don’t like the mask I featured, click the link and browse around if you like!

https://www.teepublic.com/masks/book-lover

https://www.redbubble.com/i/mask/Ha-Ha-Made-You-Read-funny-Teacher-Librarian-Reading-Read-Gifts-For-Teachers-Book-Nerd-Read-vintage-style-idea-design-by-Chamssou/48152532.9G0D8

Stay safe and healthy! And show off that literary love!

Help Guiding Emily Go Viral!

Together we are on a mission! A couple missions actually…

  1. To raise money- half of the books proceeds will go to The Foundation for Blind Children
  2. To raise awareness of the issues of isolation that the blind encounter in the sighted community.

Both of these can be accomplished with the help of Guiding Emily. A heartwarming story of how a tragic accident can bring love and courage.

Watch this video below of author, Barbara Hinske explaining how much this book means to her and the blind community. With your help we can give guiding Emily the attention it deserves! Barbara Hinske is currently doing a campaign where a click of a button can share the amazing story of Guiding Emily. And you can help too! Go to her website today and learn how to share Guiding Emily on Twitter and Facebook/Instagram. Every bit helps and we appreciate a simple share of this post.

Together we can achieve results!