Celebrity Authors' Secrets: The World's Greatest Living Authors Reveal How They Sell Millions of Books

Celebrity Authors' Secrets: The World's Greatest Living Authors Reveal How They Sell Millions of Books

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by Stephanie J. Hale
     
 

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Twelve of the world's greatest living authors reveal their tips for writing a book that sells over a million copies.
Astonishingly, less than 100 authors have achieved this feat since Nielsen Bookscan started keeping records in 1998.

They include:
Jeffrey Archer (Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less);
Anne Rice (Interview with The Vampire);
Eric

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Twelve of the world's greatest living authors reveal their tips for writing a book that sells over a million copies.
Astonishingly, less than 100 authors have achieved this feat since Nielsen Bookscan started keeping records in 1998.

They include:
Jeffrey Archer (Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less);
Anne Rice (Interview with The Vampire);
Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar);
Barbara Taylor Bradford (A Woman of Substance);
Terry Pratchett (Discworld series);
John Gray (Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus);
Alexander McCall Smith (No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency);
James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy);
Joanne Harris (Chocolat);
Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe series);
Sharon Lechter (Rich Dad, Poor Dad);
Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog).

Discover the difference between a good book and a great book.
Insights include:

How to plot an international bestseller.
How to cope with repeated rejection.
How to make the switch from 'unknown' to celebrity.
The pros and cons of Kindle books.
How to give memorable TV and radio interviews.
How to attract millions of readers online.
How to cope with negative Amazon reviews.
How to promote your book on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.
And much more ...

Full of insider information for aspiring writers, authors, literary agents, publishers and readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780992846008
Publisher:
Powerhouse Publications
Publication date:
05/30/2014
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best guiding principles in life has always been - if one is ever to copy anything - then copy success. And Stephanie Hale has certainly provided a lot of temptation on that score. Her book is composed of interviews conducted with twelve of the best selling authors of all time, and most importantly - for anyone wishing to publish their own work (or simply interested in knowing how bestselling authors think) - the answers to the sharp questions she posed were deep, and to the point. The book looks at all stages of the process, starting prior to inspiration, through the ordeal of the first draft, from there to polishing it for publisher and public, until one's work has the shine of an engagement ring. But that's just the start: the book also provides a string of invaluable and practical tips on the best use of bookshops, social media, radio, and TV to drive sales forward. In short it is a primer not only on how to radically improve one's success, but also how to transform the painful bits of writing into a joy. Would I recommend it? Enough to say that I read the whole book at one sitting, missing both meals and sleep until I had reached the very last word. I'm not going to tell you the best bits, but to give you a glimpse, here are some of the quotes that helped me a lot: Barbara Taylor Bradford: "I sit and think: who is this person; who is this woman that has entered my mind; or who is the man and why are they interesting enough to be written about? A whole book is going to be written about them – why? What are their problems? Where are they going? What motivates them? Those are the sorts of questions I ask myself. I write all that down." Bernard Cornwall: "What are they seeing, smelling, hearing, and doing? Basically, I put myself in the position of the narrator or the hero… you can’t just be cold-blooded and say, “The fourth division moved up two miles, and the third corps did this.” Jeffrey Archer: "...you have to make sure people have to turn the page. When they get to the end of a chapter, they have to curse you. I love it when people write and say, “I sat up all night. I got to the end of the chapter and thought, ‘Damn you.’” That’s great! That’s what I’m trying to achieve." Bryan Tracy: "My best definition for non-fiction comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, where he said, “It is an enthusiastic conversation on paper.” ...The person is talking to one person who they really like and care about, and who they are really excited about sharing this information with…" James Redfield: "Don’t publish it until it’s done. Keep working until you get a book that’s a pass-along that somebody wants to give to their friends… I travelled all over the US and I stopped in little shops and gave 1,500 copies away. It just started to become a pass-along phenomenon immediately: it was quadrupling every week in sales." And now, if you will excuse me, I have to go put all this into practice!