At one of the Beanery Writers Group meetings the discussion centered on what characteristics best selling authors had in common. The source of the material is listed at the bottom of this post.
Dee Power authored the “Nine Characteristics That May Surprise You” after interviewing 24 of today’s most popular authors, who, as a group, have sold more than half a billion books. The surprise? WRITING TALENT isn’t the only separating factor, and, in fact, may not be the most important factor.
Perseverance is the key characteristic. Immediate success is rare, and these authors didn’t get as discouraged by the lack of success.
Second, they write—and write—and write, with an output much greater than the average writer. They are disciplined and produce high quality work.
Third, they like to write and write and write, and would rather write than do anything else. Many aspiring authors enjoy the idea of writing, not the hard work involved.
Fourth, they never stop promoting their books, and many still market at the grass roots level. They never believe they have “made it.”
Fifth, They understand marketing concepts, closely watch literary market trends and realize much more goes into being a successful author than the writing itself.
Sixth, they realize fans are important and word of mouth support from readers and booksellers is more important to them than reviews.
Seventh, they know that the more success the more pressure. They lead three different lives: the quiet writing life, the team effort with the publishing house, and the public life of selling.
Eighth, they are grateful, keenly aware of their fortune to have reached the top of their profession.
Finally, there is no single profile for a best selling author. They are seldom the top graduates of prestigious university writing programs, and writing may be their second—or third—career. They are all ages, professions.
The authors of this article, Brian Hill and Dee Power, have written several nonfiction books including Your Ebook: From Cyberspace to the Bookstore Shelves, Reach them through
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