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How to Write a Bestseller - by Pearson Moore (taken from the Literary Blog, Yaminatoday.com)

How to Write a Bestseller - by Pearson Moore (taken from the Literary Blog, Yaminatoday.com)

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"Lost" series author Pearson Moore chronicles some of his adventures in making his "Lost" books Number one bestsellers on Amazon.
"Lost" series author Pearson Moore chronicles some of his adventures in making his "Lost" books Number one bestsellers on Amazon.

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How To Write A Bestseller, Part I
 
 – 
 
by Pearson Moore
 
(uploaded from the literary blog, Yaminatoday.com)
 
I published my first book, 
 on March 13 of this year (2011). Within hours, itrose to become the #1 Bestseller in its category, outselling every other book on LOST, andguides to every other television program and film currently available at Amazon. The book outsold guides to Star Trek, House, Doctor Who, Desperate Housewives, and every othershow. The truly strange thing, though, is that the book has not yet dropped to #2. As of this
writing (April 29, 2011), “LOST Humanity” has continuously occupied the #1 Bestseller 
position for seven weeks straight.How did this happen? Luck is always a part of publishing, and I can honestly say not a day goes
 by that I don’t look at sales figures and bow my head in disbelief, but also in gratitude and
humility... While no good writer should have to toil in obscurity, there often seems little rhyme
or reason to a particular author’s success, especially when we consider that equally entertaining
books and novels often go unnoticed.While the fickle nature of publishing is an element to which we are all hapless subjects, I believewe can take positive steps to minimize our dependence on the winds of good fortune, andnavigate stagnant waters into fast-flowing currents. The means of navigation are similar fromone boat to another. Though my story has its quirks, it shares important elements with the storiesof others who have derived satisfaction from a life in writing. I will try to share those aspects of my background I feel have had some effect on writing a book thousands of people have enjoyed.
Love of Literature
 
 
I was reading before I could string words together on my own. My parents read to me, even asan infant. By the time I reached Kindergarten I was familiar with all the major Bible stories,Norse myths,Aboriginal (Native American) creation stories, and classic fairy tales. I wasreading American history and classic Greek myths at seven, Dracula and Call of the Wild at eight, The Andromeda Strain and To Kill a Mockingbird at nine. As a teen I was devouringseveral books and novels every week.The most common advice you will hear from authors, in my experience, is simple: Read. Readeverything. By reading, and having an openness to any form of written thought, you are openingyour mind not only to challenging, thought-provoking ideas, but you are also learning the waysgood authors manipulate the language to express old ideas in novel ways, or new ideas inunforgettable prose.
Assembling the Toolkit
 The carpenter has hammer and saw, the mechanic has wrench and caliper, the wordsmith hassubject and predicate, verb and noun, articles, adverbs, and ablatives. Before an author canfashion compelling prose, she must have mastered the basics. She must know the differencebetween simple past tense and past perfect tense, she must be able to explain the distinctionbetween nominative plural and possessive singular.
I don’t use Spell Check.
But whenever I write, I have four dictionaries at my side: The
Unabridged Webster’s, the Canadian Oxford, the Petit Robert, and El Pequeño
Larousse.
I don’t
use Spell Check because after having read thousands of books, I should be the expert. Since Iam an expert, I should not defer to anything less than an authority, and the only recognizedorthographic authority is a major dictionary. Spell Check has a limited range and offers incorrectadvice at the most inopportune times.Every profession has its nitty-gritty academic requirements. In my profession, we mustdemonstrate mastery of the written word. If I do not evince unrestrained expertise in ourlanguage, my readers will know it. My ability to convey complex ideas will be compromised bymy ignorance of the full range of available linguistic structures.In the thousands of critiques I have offered over the last six years, it has been my experience thatthe single greatest stumbling block to wannabe writers is the dearth of basic, nuts-and-boltsunderstanding of the English language. If you wish to write books people will read, there issimply no way around the fundamental obligation to develop a robust expertise in the writtenexpression of ideas.
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About the AuthorPearson Moore 
is the author of “Cartier’s Ring,” a historical novel set in
16th century Canada (http://www.pearsonmoore.net). He is best known to the LOSTcommunity, with some 102 essays and two thought-provoking published LOST guides tohis credit.

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