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By Brian Hill, Dee Power

ISBN-10: 0793193087

ISBN-13: 9780793193080

Everyone is thinking about bestselling authors who've turn into each piece as a lot celebrities as rock musicians or movie stars. via a few mysterious method, those members take clean pages and switch them into gold—many of them time and again. For authors, incomes a place at the bestseller record is the grand, usually elusive prize on the finish of decades of labor. yet what makes a bestseller take place?

Brian Hill and Dee strength interviewed over 50 winning authors, publishers, editors, brokers, booklet reviewers, and different specialists to discover the reply. The Making of a Bestseller: good fortune tales from Authors and the Editors, brokers, and Booksellers at the back of Them offers a accomplished examine the publishing approach from begin to end. Authors and would-be authors, members within the publishing undefined, and passionate readers will examine:

• How bestselling authors process the craft of writing and advertising and marketing their books • the numerous various paths authors take to the pinnacle of the record • The impression a primary bestseller makes on an author’s lifestyles • The workings of the choice technique, from the question letter to the choice to put up • How publishers understand a e-book has bestseller capability • The agent’s position in supporting create a bestseller • components and occasions that effect even if a publication makes the bestseller record, together with television ''reading ebook clubs,'' the assessment strategy, exposure, advertising courses, and timing • How Hollywood affects the examining public

To supply a large spectrum of expertise, interviews with authors of nonfiction and fiction—from first-time novelists to serial bestsellers—are incorporated. additionally, avid readers will locate interesting tales at the back of a few of their favourite authors’ works.

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It comes down to subjective judgments made by individuals. We might think of the road to bestsellerdom as this immensely long conveyor belt, with hundreds of thousands of manu- What Causes a Book to Become Successful? 27 scripts being fed on the belt at one end and great financial success coming out the other end. Along the winding course, many pairs of hands make decisions about whether to take a manuscript off and toss it in a dark corner along with all the other failed books. HEIDE LANGE, Literary Agent Sanford J.

It is estimated that these five companies accounted for 75 percent of the hardcover bestselling titles for 2003 and about 72 percent of the hardcover bestsellers in 2002. Paperback bestsellers emerged from these same five houses in roughly the same proportions. NEIL NYREN, Senior Vice President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief G. P. Putnam & Sons How important are bestsellers to the overall profitability of a publishing house? It depends upon what that publishing house does. There are lots and lots of publishers who have never published a bestseller in their life, because that’s not what they’re trying to do.

It’s ironic that these reviewers think they’re so sophisticated, but they don’t understand the difference between simple and simplistic. Simplistic is naïve and not enough. Simple is enough and nothing more. As Thoreau said, “Sim- Reviews: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly 43 plify. Simplify. ” Until you get down to the most powerful truths. In an increasingly complex world, people are looking for simple answers that work, truths they can understand and use that same day at work and in their personal life.

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