So You Want to Make the Bestseller List, But Do You Know What It Takes?

New York Times Bestseller List

Lately, I’ve been reading Tim Grahl’s Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to Launching a Bestseller. Making a bestseller list woos authors like the cry of the mythical Siren. It carries status and puts oomph behind the sales of future books.

But do you have a true understanding of what it takes to make those lists?

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss explains in “How Bestseller Lists Work…and Introducing the Amazon Monthly 100” that the NYT has “20 weekly and 3 monthly lists.”

Wow! There’s also the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Washington Post. That’s a lot of opportunities to make a bestseller list. And let’s not forget Amazon.

If making bestseller status is your goal, then it’s important to know the criteria used to make the determination. Otherwise how can you [Read more…]

How to Engage Your Audience

Today’s post is by award-winning author Kathy Nickerson, author of 4 books and counting. This year she released The Secret of Serendipity and Rose Hill Cottage, each a different genre. Her debut novel, Thirty Days to Glory, won the 2014 CSPA Book of the Year. Her books are engaging, fun, and always have a twist at the end.

Author Kathy NickersonHow to Engage Your Audience
by Kathy Nickerson

“Name one job you could do that does not require reading or writing.” This challenge is dangerous, and I throw it out like candy when [Read more…]

Be Confident as You Promote Your Book

baseball field“If you build it they will come.”

We’ve all heard that before, and it worked great to promote Kevin Costner’s baseball-cornfield. But somewhere down the years, many people embraced that slogan concerning their own products.

By now I’m sure you, like me, have discovered that for anything else it doesn’t work!

You can’t put a book out there on Amazon and expect [Read more…]

Overwhelmed with Marketing Plans and Strategy?

Marketing. It’s a task many writers dislike for various reasons. It can be a daunting task added to a busy schedule leaving us feeling overwhelmed.

I understand quite well, how busy our lives can keep us and how overwhelmed writers can feel. I’ve just returned from my last writer conference for this year and [Read more…]

Mind Mapping and Ice Cream

melting ice cream coneIt’s National Ice Cream Month. Now there’s an idea I can sink my teeth into…brain freeze!

I like ice cream. My favorite flavor is Bordeaux cherry chocolate. Mmmm, heaven on earth.

But what does that have to do with writing?

I thought I’d give you some story ideas to play around with while you enjoy your ice cream and watch the fireworks (Happy 240th Birthday, USA!).

Focusing on the idea of ice cream, here are some scenarios to have fun with.

If you write romance… [Read more…]

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