How Not To Write A Bestseller – An Expert's Guide
In this acerbic, funny and deeply felt dissection of the whole business of books, Walter Ellis reveals to would-be novelists the realities of an industry that, in the midst of a digital revolution, devotes most of its time and energy to those at the top while doing little more than flipping a coin for those at the bottom without contacts or "platform". Anyone who has ever wanted to find out how wr...
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Publisher: Hot Press; First Folio edition (June 29, 2013)
Publication Date: June 29, 2013
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ters set about their work and the difficulties they face should read this book. You will discover how there are two doorways into a publisher's office: one, with pillars and a saluting commissionaire, leading to an escalator, reserved for celebrities and “big name” authors; the other a revolving door, intended for everyone else, that nine times out of ten leads back to the street. Ellis was for 25 years a leading London journalist, employed as a feature writer and foreign correspondent by the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times. But then, following a series of unfortunate events, everything went horribly wrong. After lingering a while in the shadows, he moved to New York and became an author. His first book, The Oxbridge Conspiracy, about élitism in English education, proved hugely controversial and cost him dear. His second, The Beginning of the End, a memoir of growing up in Belfast, received rave reviews and was serialised in the Sunday Times. But his career in fiction never quite got off the ground. Agents were not the problem. Well-intentioned, but generally lacking in firepower, their principal role, it turned out, was to grease the wheels of rejection. The real trouble was that while publishers regularly praised our hero's work, they invariably found some excuse to say no. Finally, his unfortunately-named historical thriller, The Caravaggio Conspiracy (which he wanted to call The Fleeing Man), was taken up by firms in Milan and Dublin, where, in spite of a superlative cover (aided by the artist) and a positive critical response, it disappeared without trace. Ellis is frustrated, not despairing. He remains hopeful and ready to pass on good advice to others about to set out on fiction's rocky road. Along the way, you will learn how his writing evolved, the hurdles he overcame, even some tricks of the trade. If nothing else, it will make you glad it only cost £2.99 ... I mean £3.08.