You Can Write a Best-Seller

Almost every writer has a dream about breaking out—or achieving best-seller status. Many of us think it’s an impossibility, but recently I read something to change all of that.

I joined Romance Writers of America (RWA), and one of the two significant positives I’ve gained from belonging to the organization is their monthly magazine. In the March issue, five authors who have recently broken out are interviewed. The crazy thing—no one author could offer a single specific strategy that caused her book to break out.

Brenda Novak says she didn’t do anything particularly different with Trust Me, her seventh single title.

Robyn Carr broke out with her 25th novel, Virgin River Christmas, 30 years after selling her first book. She had embarked on an aggressive marketing promotion when she started her Virgin River series, but she didn’t do anything to focus on that particular book, the 4th in the series.

Susan Mallery broke out 16 years after her first book was published with Accidentally Yours. She didn’t do anything different to promote it, but attributes her success in part to likeable characters.

Marie Force’s 25th published book, Waiting for Love was book eight in the Gansett Island Series. She self-published the book, and spent a lot of time building a Facebook following. She believes the world she has created in the series is what readers responded to.

Kristan Higgins made the best-seller list with her fourth book, Too Good to be True.

The information I got from all five interviews was this:

―You must keep writing. Like everything else, it takes practice to hone the craft.

―Create likeable and memorable characters.

―If the setting is unforgettable, readers will want to visit it again.

―Most importantly it is the readers who make your book a best-seller.

If you write romance, it probably wouldn’t hurt to read all of their books and learn from them. Even if you don’t write romance, I hope this you’ll find this info uplifting.

About Trish Jackson, Author

I grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe, Africa, and lived through some crazy adventures that sparked my imagination, including having to keep a loaded UZI by my side every night in case of an attack by armed insurgents. I write romantic suspense and romantic comedy, and love all animals and they seem to worm themselves into my stories, which are mostly set in country locales.
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13 Responses to You Can Write a Best-Seller

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Hope springs eternal.

  2. Reblogged this on You Self-Publish and commented:

    Never give up hope!

  3. Great article!! Robyn Carr is one of my favorites, but have read something by most of the authors you mentioned! Thanks!!

  4. There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Thank God!
    Tema Merback
    Writing as Belle Ami

  5. Anne Cleasby says:

    Fascinating blog – I wondered how well a book has to do to be described as a breakout novel. Thanks for this . . .

  6. Karen Rossi says:

    Yes, I read that article, also, and actually have one of the Virgin River books. People really seem to like reading a series. I have a series coming out: “Portraits of Love”, but it’s nothing like Virgin River, where the location is the thing that ties the stories together. Gotta think about this…

  7. Very inspiring and helpful blog!

  8. Beth Carter says:

    While cleaning out my emails, I found this fabulous post from 2016 and am I ever GLAD I did! It’s very timely. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation!!!

  9. Great to hear from you, Beth. Thank you for your kind words.

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