How to Write a Bestseller
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Are you an aspiring author dreaming of writing a bestseller one day?
All writers aspire to write a book that would become a bestseller. But the success of a book depends not just on the art of writing, but on numerous other factors. Sometimes it can also be a fluke, but most of the time, it is the right strategy and understanding of the reader’s psyche which helps an author to become a bestseller. Here are some tips which can turn your fortunes the way you want.
“All glory comes from daring to begin.”
– Ruskin Bond
You might procrastinate writing your dream book, waiting for the appropriate time. You might not feel confident now to write a book. But remember that tomorrow never comes. To accomplish your dream you have to start immediately. You don’t need to do it all on a single day. Writing is like a marathon and not a sprint, so progress gradually but start today. You can start by writing the idea of your book or by writing a copy of your book’s jacket. Maintain a diary and write something every day to keep yourself motivated and progressing.
Write for your audience
“Write a book you’d like to read. If you wouldn’t read it, why would anybody else? Don’t write for a perceived audience or market. It may well have vanished by the time your book’s ready.”
– Hilary Mantel
Yes, to write a book you should not only know ‘what to write’ but also ‘for whom to write’. You need to understand that whatever you are planning to write should be able to fetch a strong reader base, otherwise your book can go unnoticed. One of the bestsellers and a collection of inspirational stories ‘Chicken Soup for Soul’ comprises of simple stories about ordinary people. But what makes it stand out from the rest is the motivation and inspiration it has induced in the hearts of millions of ordinary people who read it.
Use good quotes
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”
– Francis Bacon
These eight words that were written some five centuries ago have become immortal. Good quotes die hard. Such catchy quotes are the best to capture a reader’s attention. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a universal classic but what makes it even more popular is its opening quote:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Short and simple wins the race
It is a misconception that using complicated words can make you a famous author. If this was true, then authors like R.K. Narayan, Ruskin Bond, and Chetan Bhagat would have never been able to lure the readers with their simple, sweet, and fresh writing styles. One of the best books which you can look up to learn the impact of writing simple is Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Chose right publishing strategies
Apart from good writing what helps a book to become popular in today’s era is creating a noise about it. You need to talk about your book. Be it social media, news, or book fairs, you need to be visible to be read. For this, book marketing, attractive cover designing, and proper distribution are a must. For this, you need to choose your publishing house carefully. A publishing house that can understand your needs and stand up to your expectations.