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Making The Best Seller List

I'm going to give you five (5) suggestions to making your novel a best seller. Are they proven? Yes. Will they work every time? More than likely. Are they expensive to execute? That depends.

First, with tongue in cheek, there are some "questionable" methods to getting your book on the best seller list. These methods include such items as buying 500-700 copies of your book each day for a week. A rather expensive method, but it does work at least, temporarily. There are other methods but they mostly involve having someone, either friends or a business, buy copies. And it always involves money. Your money.

So now let's discuss better ways to get your book noticed.

I'm sure somebody is going to scream "What about marketing?" That is a given and a critical aspect to a best seller BUT, it is not a guarantee. You can do the best marketing in the world and still not have a best seller. Why? Think of it in this aspect the snake-oil salesman. He sold several bottles of questionable medicinal liquids and then he skipped town. An author can hawk with great marketing skills a poorly written book and get some sales, but word of mouth can kill it very quickly. If the author gets the first 5 items listed above aligned properly, the possibility of a best seller is definitely within the reach with great marketing.

There are a lot of issues in making a novel a best seller, but if you follow the above five, it is a good start in the right direction.




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Scott Bury
2015-04-06
As you said, there are no guarantees. You can write a terrific book and still have low sales. But the first step has to be to have a good book, and next have professionals design and edit it.

Maybe a professional to market it, too, would help.

Thanks for another terrific post!
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Nichole Hall
2015-04-06
Great tips Bob! I really like having a "checklist" of things to look out for when I'm writing. Thanks!
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James Prescott
2015-04-06
Great stuff Bob, as ever.
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Lisa M. Collins
2015-04-06
I have to agree with you. I think people these days go to marketing on social media as their main source of moving books, but without the elements you discussed the greatest marketing plan in the world would fail.
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Onisha Ellis
2015-04-06
How do you explain the poorly written books that becme best-sellers?
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Diane Rapp
2015-04-06
As always, Bob gives us concise ideas to help make our books get noticed--and sold. Thanks. Now I've got to go read the back of my book covers again. :)
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Lisa Jey Davis
2015-04-06
Good tips, once again Bob! I'd never spend the time or money involved in buying 500-700 copies of my own book for a week! Outrageous! LOLThanks!
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Elyse Salpeter
2015-04-06
I was expecting the "put your book out for free and get on the #1 category list," too. FYI - definitely like the new cover better.
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Tara
2015-04-06
Simple, yet true.
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Elyse Salpeter
2015-04-13
Just love the new cover and so glad you used it. You've got some valuable points in this... let's not even go to marketing because I have so many thoughts on it, and am not sure if any of it even works. Sigh.
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