The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel
Back in the spring of 2010, Stieg Larsson’s agent was having a good day. On June 13, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest—third in the series from a previously unknown author—debuted at number one in hardback in the New York Times.You can imagine the lists would have been a pleasing sight over morning coffee. Hornets’ Nest straight in at the top, Dragon Tattoo at number one in two paperback formats, and The Girl Who Played with Fire a roundly satisfying number two. This had been going on for forty-nine weeks in the U.S., and for three solid years in Europe. It would have been hard not to be smug.
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How Long Should Your Novel Be? What’s Too Short … and What’s Too Long?
For some writers, “how long should a novel be?” sounds a bit like “how long is a piece of string?” They feel that their novel should be long enough to get the job done – even if that means it falls outside the bounds of what readers and publishers might normally expect.
The truth is that, while there’s not necessarily a “right” answer to this question, you do need to stick to industry norms if you’re aiming for traditional publication … and if you’re planning to self-publish, you’ll want to make sure that readers aren’t being put off by a too-short or too-long book.
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5 Ways To Achieve Amazon Bestseller Rankings
Do you dream of being a bestselling author on Amazon? Are you frustrated at thousands of other self-published authors that seem to be ranking high in bestseller categories while you are staying at the bottom of the heap? As a bestselling author of 10 publications, here is my personal advice on what helps you rank high in the bestseller categories.
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Tell Me About it: When Telling is Better Than Showing
Last week I had a commenter ask me a question about show vs tell, and since this is one of those things that can be hard to get (because it can be hard to explain) I wanted to go into more detail in a full post. Particularly the angle of when it’s better to tell than show. Because sometimes, telling is better for the story than showing.
First, let’s start with my favorite type of show don’t tell example to provide some context on what show vs tell is:
Bob reached over to turn out the light.
Bob reached over and turned out the light.
You’ll see both written all the time, but “to turn” is telling, because it’s not describing an action, it’s describing the intent to act.
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When Less Is More on Social Media
Social media boasts some pretty staggering numbers: nearly two-thirds of American adults use social media. And 70 percent of those users ages thirteen and up are on Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center.
Authors feel the steady pressure to be on social media channels promoting themselves, promoting their books, and searching for those ever-elusive readers. Some marketers tout it like it’s a magic pill, encouraging authors to be in every possible corner of the social media universe. After all, you don’t want to miss anybody, right?
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