Open Book Blog Hop – Would you like to be a bestseller?


Welcome to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop.  The topic today is:

‘Would you like to be a bestseller or have a smaller, more manageable following?’

The short answer to this question is yes. Of course I would like to be a bestseller, that would be immensely gratifying as writing a book is jolly hard work. When the horror anthology, Nightmareland, edited by Dan Alatorre, in which I have three short stories went to number 1 in its category on Amazon twice, I was very delighted. It is nice to think that people are interested in your book and are buying it.

I said to my mother this morning that maybe A Ghost and his Gold will be my last book. It is currently at 75 000 words and I have about another 10 000 to go maybe more. There are a couple of controversial events that I excluded initially, but I am going back to include them as I want to present as realistic a picture of the events of the Second Anglo Boer War or South African War as is reasonably possible. This book isn’t all historical events. There is a strong paranormal element which binds the whole story together and that is why the title is appropriate. This book is The Red Badge of Courage meets The Shining [in my imagination in any event – smile].

My mother reassures me that I will write another book because she says writing is a challenge for me and I will get impossibly bored if I don’t write. She may be right; time will tell. I also depends on what ideas for stories I have.

Anyhow, back to the question at hand. I would like to be a best seller, but [here it comes] only on my own quirky terms. I do not believe I could write to a formula or to a publishers specifications and, as a result, I am not sure if I can ever be a modern bestselling author. I write for my personal pleasure as well as in the hope that other people will enjoy my books and short stories. Being happy with the content of my books is important to me and I would not want to relinquish control over my content.

Anyhow, the question is currently hypothetical so I will just carry on as I am and hope for the best.

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36 thoughts on “Open Book Blog Hop – Would you like to be a bestseller?

  1. I actually know a couple of best-selling writers who have publishers. Not only do they not make more money (publishers are really thieves with a corporate front), but their publishers want them to keep writing the same story over and over again. I think publishers have (with a few notable exceptions such as Scribner’s and Simon and Schuster in the early part of the 20th century) always been that way, both here and abroad. If you are doing that well on Amazon, you are probably earning at least double what a contracted-to-a-publisher-writer earns. And you can write what you want.

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn. I believe you are right. Unless you are huge like Stephen King or JK Rowling. I could not write to a formula. I can’t even work to other people’s requirements, my work place makes concessions for me because I am really good at what I do.


  2. I can see how writing to a formula or a specific type of book over and over would be a killer to the love of writing. I don’t know you personally Robbie, but your mom sure does and I think she probably is right.

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  3. The concept of “best selling” has changed so much in this world of social media, self-publishing, digital sales etc. I agree with your thinking: write what you love and write it HOW you want to…success is relative, what matters is that you are sharing the way you want to tell a story – and over time you will touch MANY!

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  4. I’ve never been able to write to formula, or even market trends.
    Like you, I’ll continue writing the books I want to write and hope for the best.
    Would I love to be a bestselling author–ABSOLUTELY!!!!
    But I’ll write regardless.
    I have a feeling your mother is probably correct. When writing is in your blood, it’s nearly impossible to turn it off. 🙂

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  5. I would hate to have to write to conform to what someone else wanted, even if it meant fame and fortune. It would feel like turning my back on the inspiration that I get from who knows where. Which I why I self-publish, to please myself and those people who appreciate my individuality.

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  6. Interesting post, Robbie. Of course, we would love to be bestselling authors and actually make money writing, but the odds are against it. So, as you say, we have to love telling stories to keep doing it because it is very hard work. Thank you for sharing these thoughts!

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  7. I’m with you 100% Robbie; yes I’d love to be a bestseller, but no, I don’t want to write what my publicist or editor tells me (and when and how). My terms or no terms…. which is why I’ll always remain anom I imagine 🙂

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