The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them

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Overview

According to Bowker, there are over 150,000 books published in the U.S. every year. Less than 1 percent of the books published make the bestseller list.

People are fascinated by bestselling authors who have become every bit as much celebrities as rock musicians or film stars. Through some mysterious process, these individuals take blank pages and turn them into gold. And many authors do this over and over again. For authors, earning a spot on the bestseller list is the grand, often elusive prize at the end of many years of work. But what makes a bestseller happen?

Brian Hill and Dee Power interviewed over 50 successful authors, publishers, editors, agents, book reviewers, and other experts to find the answer. The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them presents a comprehensive look at the publishing process from start to finish.

Authors and would-be authors, individuals in the publishing industry, and passionate readers will learn:
* How bestselling authors approach the craft of writing and marketing their books.
* The many different paths authors take to the top of the list.
* The impact a first bestseller makes on an author's life.
* The workings of the selection process, from the query letter to the decision to publish.
* How publishers know a book has bestseller potential.
* The agent's role in helping create a bestseller.
* Factors and events that influence whether a book makes the bestseller list, including TV "reading book clubs," the review process, publicity, marketing programs, and timing.
* How Hollywood impacts the reading public.

To provide a broad spectrum ofexperience, interviews are included with authors of nonfiction and fiction, as well as first-time novelists to serial bestsellers. In addition, avid readers will find fascinating stories behind some of their favorite authors' works.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookviews
..."run out and get a copy of this book to learn the secrets that people in the trade have shared."
Midwest Book Review
"...recommended to anyone who wants to understand what it takes to become a bestselling author."
The Writer Magazine
"You’ll gain some valuable lessons from this insider’s take on the rarefied air of bestsellerdom."
July Issue
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  • ISBN-13: 9780793193080
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    The Inside Scoop

    Here¿s a book that can really deliver. You have questions? They have answers. Brian Hill and Dee Power interview over fifty authorities to give us an in-depth and close-up look into the complex publishing world of best selling books. In an easy to read format, we receive our information by way of informal interview. Authors, editors, agents, and booksellers explain what it takes and how it works. Candid tips and tidbits reveal the steps to success with personal stories that punctuate the enormous difficulty and ultimate reward of perseverance. More than worth the cover price, ¿The Making Of A Bestseller¿ is a must read for anyone interested or invested in learning more about this industry. Excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Informative book

    If you¿ve ever wondered what goes into the making of a best selling book, The Making of a Bestseller is a must read. This is a very informative book. Authors Dee Power and Brian Hill talk with numerous people involved with book publishing. They also interviewed authors who have obtained the rank of having written a best seller. This book gives information from both the author and publishing points of view.

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