Writing your first novel is an exciting and daunting experience. You may feel like you’re in uncharted territory, but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many resources for writers of all levels who want to learn how to write a best-selling novel. This article will give you some tips on where to start, and the prompts needed for success. Let’s go!
What type of novel sells the best?
There is no right answer to this question, as the best-selling novel of all time is very different from the latest young adult blockbuster. However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of writing a best seller.
- Learn more about your audience. What are they interested in? What are their favorite genres? Once you’ve determined your target market, you can adapt your story and writing style to fit their needs.
- Choose the right topic. If you’re writing a novel about vampires, for example, you’ll be up against some stiff competition. However, if you’re writing a novel about vampires living in outer space, then it’s likely that much fewer people have written on the same topic.
- Consider your target platform and format. If you want to write a young adult series of fantasy novels aimed at teenagers, self-publishing may not be the best option. However, if you’re targeting a more general audience, self-publishing could give you a lot more control over your work and help you reach a larger market.
To sum up, just write the best narrative you can. This may sound like obvious advice, but it’s one of the most important things to remember.
How to write a best-selling novel?
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s take a closer look at writing a bestseller.
Create complex characters, especially a protagonist
People want to read about someone they can relate to, so make sure your protagonist is someone who has unique interests and flaws.
Outline the story
Yes, even experienced authors start with an outline. Having a roadmap to follow will help keep you on track and make sure your plot is well-developed.
Show how your characters are progressing towards their goals
Your readers should be able to see your characters’ development throughout the story. This will keep them engaged and interested in what comes next.
Build a conflict to get more tension
A conflict is what makes a novel interesting. Without it, the protagonist would just be living out his/her life without any obstacles or challenges to overcome.
Reach a conclusion that is both satisfying and logical
Your readers should feel as if everything is resolved at the end of your novel. Avoid leaving them with more questions than answers and you can’t go wrong!
Proofread and edit your narrative
This is a fundamental step in ensuring your novel is ready for publication. Make sure to have someone read it over for mistakes and typos.
Create a cover that looks professional
This is your first impression to potential readers, so make sure it looks good.
Be persistent with the promotion of your novel
No one will know your book exists if you don’t tell them about it. Make a list of places where you can promote your work and start spreading the word!
That’s all for today! Are you feeling inspired to try writing a best-selling novel? We hope so. Even if your first book won’t be promoted widely, maybe it will lead to another one.
Do you have any questions about the tips we’ve provided or anything else related to this post? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.