When you ask a writer how successful they want their novel to be, most will answer they want it to be a bestseller. But what makes a book a bestseller? Are there rules that can be followed to increase a book’s chance of becoming a hit?
Not all bestsellers are well written. Not all bestsellers are recommendable.
Many fantastic stories are forgotten, never heard of, or flop when they hit the shelves.
So what makes a bestseller?
The truth is we really don’t know. We can try to identify commonalities between bestsellers, but at the end of the day Paper Towns is very different from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and both those novels are nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey.
But, aren’t there at least a few rules we can glean from bestsellers, even if they are unalike?
“There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no…
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