First, an update. Fatal Exchange has 18 rave reviews on Amazon to date. Geronimo Breach, just released a week or so ago, already has 4. And How to Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated) has 11, plus some wildly flattering reviews from literary luminaries like Lawrence Block, John Lescroart and David Lender.

Now, to the point of this blog. I need your advice. Sincerely. No gimmicks.

I’m working on a host of projects right now, and I’m sort of at a crossroads in terms of what to write, when. I’ve talked to all my usual suspects, and everybody has a different opinion. So I figured I’d ask you, the reader, your opinion.

Here’s what I have in the pipeline:

Zero Sum – a Wall Street financial thriller trilogy, in edit.

Project B – International intrigue thriller tentatively titled The Delphi Chronicle

Project C – treasure hunt type thriller tentatively titled The Manuscript Cipher

Project D – Satire/humor book on why men are the way we are

Project E – True story of the best dog in the world and his trials and tribulations

Project F – International conspiracy thriller

So the question is, which would you rather see next? Of all the above? Actually, you’ll see the Zero Sum trilogy next, as that’s in editing, but of projects B through F, which would you most want for Christmas? I’m working on all, and have anywhere from 20K words to 30K words completed on many, so it’s more an issue of, what would most interest you? You want another Gazillions style book on being a man? An international chase? A heart-wrenching story of the canine love of my life? A Raider’s of the Lost Ark type thriller/adventure novel?

Tell me. Assume all will be executed as well as it’s possible for me to write them.

Then the second question is, should I do some genres under a pen name, to avoid confusing fans? I mean, it’s bad enough already with me being a thriller writer, who also writes snarky parodies on all things grammar and writing related. Will it dilute my brand to throw some of these even odder genres into the mix? Dog book? Dick-lit? And if so, should I be thinking up a new moniker for those genres?

Tough questions. But then again, I’ve got some of the smartest readers on the internet, so I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Leave them as comments with an OK to publish and I’ll approve them, or of you have something more confidential, mark secret and only I will ever see it.

I’m dead serious about this. I have 4 months left. I can turn out a non-fiction ready for editing in a couple weeks, and a novel in a month or less. So what do you want your next couple books from me to look like by Xmas?

Appreciate the feedback. As always. But please, no more adverts on how to make $5K from home in my spare time – I already tried the pedophilia server-hosting thing, and collections are an issue they don’t tell you about. So I know you’re lying. Stop lying.

Please leave the suggestions as comments. Much appreciate it.



  1. Tue 23rd Aug 2011 at 4:18 am

    Which story would I like to see next? What’s the difference between B & F? That’s the area I’d like to see, but I’d also like the dog thing.
    Why change your name? I know other authors do it, but if you’ve established a following for your books, why not let that work for you? As an unknown name you’d have to start from scratch. You know what that’s like!

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 23rd Aug 2011 at 4:44 am

      I just don’t want to confuse both my fans with too many genres. Trying to be considerate.

      B is the Delphi Chronicle. F is a different conspiracy thriller. That’s about it. Sometimes I’m drinking when I write these blogs, so they may not make much sense…

  2. Fri 09th Sep 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Russel,

    I hope I’m not too late in giving you my two cents.

    I would personally love to read a book on being a man, especially if written in a direct, honest and I-don’t-care-whose-feelings-I-hurt type of way. It would be nice to get a real male perspective on why men are the way they are.

    As far as your second question goes, I wouldn’t go for a pen name. I believe that authors, just like everyone else on earth, have many sides to themselves and it’s a pleasure for a reader to be allowed to see them.


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