” I got a candy bar.”
“I got a popcorn ball.”
“I got an apple.”
“What about you, Charlie Brown? What did you get?”
“I got a rock.”
I’m going to keep this simple today. What makes a bestseller? Why does one writer catch lightning in a bottle while another of comparable (or even superior) skill and talent can’t give their book away? What makes you want to pick up a book, keep reading it, and then recommend it to your friends after you’ve finished it?
Here’s some additional food for thought: Take a look at the current Amazon best sellers list, overall and for science fiction/fantasy specifically. Can you identify any common characteristics among the top ten books? Why do you think people are choosing to buy these particular books?
Okay, have at it.