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Bestseller: Secrets of Successful Writing Paperback – 25 Mar 1996

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (25 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857023838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857023831
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The bestseller is a cultural phenomenon of our age, the only medium through which one person's individual vision can be communicated directly to millions. Most tantalizingly, the art of bestseller writing seems totally accessible to anyone with a pencil and paper - and an idea. Yet the bestseller has become embedded in its own money-driven mythology of massive advances, mega-sales, formula writing, book doctors and superagents. In this investigation into "schlock", Brayfield looks at the hype and success of the superauthor, and explains how technique, commitment, timing and nuturing of the imagination all contribute to the art of hitting the charts.

From the Author

When the publishers first approached me and asked me to write this book, I turned them down because I'd only written four novels and it seemed like cheek to be handing out advice at that stage in my career.

Then I read some of the other how-to books for authors. They were so terrible that I changed my mind. BESTSELLER grew out of the lectures I gave when I was promoting my books.

People kept asking questions which made me crazy, like "What's the formula?"

They seemed so dazzled by the money bestsellers made that they forgot that writing a book was involved.

The only formula I believe in is writing the best book you can.

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