So you think you are writing a bestseller! Lucky you! Bestsellers are not the easiest thing to write, and sadly, for your information I have not written one myself! Here’s hoping!
The thing is, you do not always know that you are working on a bestseller when you are sitting in your favourite coffee shop hunched over your laptop. Get this, all those moments juggling commitments with writing. Then wham, it turns out your are an Amazon or international bestseller!
Before you go reaching your for laptop may I inform you that there are no set figures that determine what qualifies as a bestseller. You can be a bestseller if you sell 50 million books and be a bestseller if you sell less than that. It also helps if appear on say the New York Times Bestsellers List or you are listed on The Guardian Newspaper bestselling fiction books list. The main thing to bear in mind is that you need to sell a load of books and be one of the most borrowed books from the library, and then you can celebrate!
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – A Bestseller
The thing to bear in mind at this point is that bestsellers are diverse in nature. There is no typical bestseller. The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling is a runaway success and is entirely different from The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, or Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. They are different reads but all have been huge successes.
Although there are no typical bestsellers I think it can be said that writing a book that is engaging and takes you the reader away from the everyday, is a must. No point in writing a book that no reader is going to want to finish and talk about afterwards and who knows, be made into a movie! Therefore, a good starting point for penning a potential bestseller is to read lots of bestsellers! It will keep you up-to-date and is the best place to gleam some hints and tips.
Another tip is to go on established writer’s websites and also tap into the numerous forums about professional writers to see how they approach writing. Don’t forget the loads of books you can buy from outlets like Amazon about the craft of writing.
Finally, the only way to find out if you are going to be the next J K Rowling is to keep writing.
Be inspired and Good Luck!
Until next time, happy writing, S