It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart - William Faulkner, 1897-1962
This book is dedicated to my fellow worker, my toughest critic, my greatest fan, my inspiration, my best friend, and my wife - who are all the same person: Gerda Ann Koontz
In 1972, Writer's Digest published my book Writing Popular Fiction, in which I attempted to show new writers how to build successful careers as category novelists. By "category," I meant those books to which publishers - in their ceaseless and determined effort to pigeonhole every writer - could affix comfortable labels. The categories I discussed in Writing Popular Fiction were science fiction, fantasy, suspense, mystery, Gothic romance, Westerns, and erotica.
Perhaps your name will appear on the next list of this sort that I compose, in the revised edition of How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, five or ten years from now. I truly hope so. Good luck.