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How to Manufacture a Best Seller

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zendao42



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Do you want to write a best-selling novel?

Try to get your hands on Michael Maxen's article, "How to Manufacture a Best Seller" that was published in the New York Times Magazine on March 1, 1998. Here are a few key rules.


1. The hero is an expert.
2. The villain is an expert.
3. You must watch all of the villainy over the shoulder of the villain.
4. The hero has a team of experts in various fields behind him.
5. Two or more on the team must fall in love.
6. Two or more on the team must die.
7. The villain must turn his attentions from his initial goal to the team.
8. The villain and the hero must live to do battle again in the sequel.
9. All deaths must proceed from the individual to the group: i.e., never say that the bomb exploded and 15,000 people were killed. Start with "Jamie and Suzy were walking in the park with their grandmother when the earth opened up."
10. If you get bogged down, just kill somebody.

http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/nytimes_bestseller.htm


Plus, How to Create an Instant Bestselling Novel- by Cliff Pickover:

http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/bestseller.html


If you're procrastinating or just plain stuck, keep following the links in that-
there's a lot of worse ways to waste time & it might even help... Wink

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Sephonae



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Thanks, Zen. I enjoyed checking out that second link.
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zendao42



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There's actually some potentially useful grammatical info in part of that
but glad ya liked it, even if it was just for dicking around purposes... Wink

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mxlemore



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Thanks for posting that, Zen. I found that second link very informative as well. Wink
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