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by Brian Hill,Dee Power

Free eBook The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them download ISBN: 0793193087
Author: Brian Hill,Dee Power
Publisher: Kaplan Business (March 1, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 272
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: History and Criticism
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• 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.

The responses Hill and Power received form the backbone of their book, in which interview snippets are arranged thematically and interspersed with explanatory or introductory narrative

Everything you ever wanted to know about making a book a bestseller! Calling a book a bestseller is mostly meaningless when it comes to its value as a work of literature.

Everything you ever wanted to know about making a book a bestseller! Calling a book a bestseller is mostly meaningless when it comes to its value as a work of literature. Bestseller status simply means that a book sold well and not that it is of high quality.

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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.

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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.

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 of experience, 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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Nagis
Anyone who comes up with a title like THE MAKING OF A BEST SELLER, and then puts the words: authors, editors, agents, and booksellers in the subtitle, has immediatly captured those of us who have written books, are writing books, are selling books, or dream of ever writing a book. This morning after Amazon sent me an email saying I might like this book...and I read the title... I was compelled me to stop and look. Then I read the first chapter and immediately knew I'd refer this book to all my author friends. I'm buying this book because as the author of four books, three with a major publisher - I still only DREAM of making the New York Times best seller list! And dreams need the fuel of inspiring stories. Good job,

Brian Hill, and Dee Power!
Damdyagab
Brian Hill and Dee Power have written this inside look into the business of writing with a natural and approachable style. The light handed touches of humor and the down to earth language made this a very enjoyable read. I have never written an Amazon Review until now but was compelled to add my voice to the others. Count me as a very satisfied consumer.
Phallozs Dwarfs
Was informative and written with humor.
Wrathshaper
Paid 1 cent for this and it was too much. It's a total cop out. Basically a question and answer book or a printed survey. Was expecting more!
Marr
In preparing their book The Making of a Bestseller Brian Hill and Dee Power interviewed more than fifty authors, agents, editors, booksellers, and assorted publishing industry experts on the subject of bestsellers--how books attain that status, what it costs an author to remain on the bestseller lists, what role various parties play in the creation of a best-selling book. The responses Hill and Power received form the backbone of their book, in which interview snippets are arranged thematically and interspersed with explanatory or introductory narrative. The book's eighteen chapters are divided into three broad sections--The Bestseller, Publishing, and The Author. The topics covered are too numerous to mention here, but the authors have included discussions of, for example, the various best-selling lists and how they are compiled; the importance--or not--of print reviews to a book's success; the influence of agents and editors on a manuscript; how booksellers select the titles they stock; and the process of adapting bestsellers for the screen.

The Making of a Bestseller is well written and clearly organized, and it is chock full of information about how the publishing industry works. Its authors, in interviewing so many subjects from throughout the publishing world, show readers a cross-section of the industry with its various strata, from author to bookseller, laid bare. The book should be of interest to would-be authors looking to scale the heights of bestsellerdom themselves as well as to industry insiders. Fans of the authors interviewed--among them Dan Brown, Peter Straub, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Nicholas Sparks--may also be interested in this behind-the-scenes look at their favorite books.

Reviewed by Debra Hamel, author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
jorik
As the unpublished auhor of two novels I have read dozens of books about writing and publishing. Most either regurgitate tiresome old addages ( write everyday; use rejection as a motivator) or worse are filled with false hope and flowery descriptions of how to raise your craft to the level of great literature (usually written by other frustrated authors who have either not been able to publish fiction or who have published but not sold well).

This book is written witht he insight of two seasoned veterans of the publishing business who share their experience and knowledge with anyone willing to read. We learn about the ins and outs of the best seller list and are given a strong dose of realism about our chances af making the list or of getting published in the first place. Realistic but not discouraging the authors are carefully temper our enthusiasm so that we an absorb the information in a way that we can make useful.

In the end this book gives many clues to how to be the excption and crack the best seller list while preparing us for the long road that we must travel to have a chance. Write a good book and be persistant in our efforts in getting published are the themes that stand out the most after reading this book and if we as writers do that then we should be satisfied in our efforts regardless of our comercial success
Kadar
Dee Power and Brian Hill have put together a fascinating look at bestselling authors and what it takes. They interview a number of bestselling authors, booksellers and editors about what made the difference for a book to become a bestseller. Here's a few quotes from the book:

"Now we know: The "secret bestseller sauce" is made up of this key ingredient--a great book." p. 88 Then on the next page: "in our survey, agents on average said they accept 2 out of 1,000 submissions. A senior editor with a top publishing house told us she accepts 1 out of 100 submissions that she receives from agents. If we combine the two, it means that there is a 1 out of 50,000 chance of a new book by an unknown author making it from the author's word processor to successfully attracting an agent, and then on to the contract stage with a publisher."

See what I mean about realism into the pages of this book?

Yet the tone is not discouraging but informative and helpful to stimulate would-be authors to excellence in their writing, in their pitches to editors and in their promotion efforts. I learned a great deal from this book and recommend it.