Quick Tips on Publishing a NY Times Bestseller

I wanted to share a few takeaways from the pages of Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel. There is so much good advice in his book. I’m only scratching the surface with the following:

  • Great novels have tension on every page.
  • Great stories involve great events.
  • Breakout novels takes us somewhere else.
  • We read to imagine ourselves as we might be.
  • Key ingredients of a bestseller include plausibility, inherent conflict, originality, and gut emotional appeal.
  • Readers are concerned about a story’s outcome because it could happen to them.
  • Deeps wells of conflict are fundamental to a breakout novel.
  • The reader must sympathize with the protagonist.

What do you think about these tips on writing a NY Times bestseller?

[Donald Maass is a literary agent and novelist. He’s written over seventeen novels as well as several books on writing fiction.]

1 thought on “Quick Tips on Publishing a NY Times Bestseller

  1. That last bit holds no weight if you are a Flannery O’Conner fan as I am.

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