Are you a self-publishing author?
If you’ve published a novel or two, you know that sales can be elusive. A recent study showed that 55% of KDP authors made less than $1 a day.
On the other hand, bestselling self-publishing authors can make several thousand dollars a day.
Why is that? What do bestselling authors know?
Self-publishing: what do bestselling authors know?
Self-publishing authors know their readers. They understand the genre in which they’re publishing.
In the giant romance genre for example, bestselling authors like Nora Roberts have developed a formula which works for them. All bestselling authors who’ve published for years write to their own formula.
This means that bestselling authors like James Patterson and John Sandford can develop outlines and hire ghostwriters to write their novels. (Usually these authors acknowledge that a novel was “written with” or “with assistance from” the ghostwriter.)
Why do bestselling authors hire ghostwriters? The answer in a word: visibility. The more books, the more income.
How to develop your own bestselling formula
I’m often asked for the “formula” bestselling authors use. New authors (and readers) sense that bestsellers use a formula. Readers often complain that Bestselling Author X’s new novel is the same plot, rehashed.
We’ve discussed Lester Dent’s pulp fiction formula for short stories, but as far as I know, there’s no bestsellers’ formula for novels per se.
There’s only understanding your readers and making a connection with them. Making that connection starts when you understand the genre in which you’re writing.
Our program Write Commercial Fiction: Storytelling For Fun And Profit, sets you on the path to developing your own formula.
- How to analyze the publishing marketplace and write the novels readers want and will buy;
- Powerful strategies, which will help you to win loyal fans because you’re writing the books they crave.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.