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Monday, January 23, 2012

Eights Elements that Make a Book a Bestseller

1. The Intro – Drawing a reader in on the first page is essential if you want them to keep reading. The first couple of lines of a book should evoke some sort of emotion in the reader – that way they will have already formed a connection with the story before even getting into the meat of it.
2. Precision – Nothing bores a reader more than reading sentences that are long for no reason. If you can make your point in five words or less, why use ten?
3. Anticipation – Giving your reader something to look forward to is what keeps him/her reading. If you pour out ALL of the details of your story in the first chapter, what reason will readers have to continue reading the remainder of the book.
4. Flaws - Let’s face it! People like things that they can identify with. If while reading a book, the reader can’t find anything that resembles anything close to what life is like for them, how do you expect them to form a real connection with the story? No one is perfect so neither should the characters in your story be perfect. Let the characters in your story run wild, make mistakes, use profanity, drink, talk nasty, wear no underwear.
5. Shock factor – When a person watches a movie, he/she should not be able to predict what will happen next. There should be moments that surprise them and catch them off guard. The same applies for when a reader is reading your book. Want to write a memorable bestseller? Throw in a couple of WOW and OMG moments!
6. Reasonably Short Chapters – This one should be self-explanatory, but I’ll give you a couple of hints. Don’t be the author who is afraid of cutting chapters short. Nothing motivates a reader more than getting to the end of the first chapter in one sitting. Each chapter should be short enough for a reader to read in one sitting which gives them all the more reason to turn the page and go on to the next.
7. Keep it Simple – The average person reading your book(s) is most likely not a Harvard or Yale grad, so over doing it with big, long, sophisticated spelling bee words is not necessary when being creative and drawing the reader into your story. Not that you can’t throw in a million dollar word here and there, it’s just not necessary when speaking to your average audience.
8. An award winning book cover is necessary for every potential bestselling book. It’s the first thing your readers will see and is the first thing they will judge your book by. Don’t be the author who refuses to invest in a good cover design for their book – if you are, you’ll end up regretting it later.
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