Posted by Jim Conway
November 1, 2015

Best Selling Books Secret # 2: Part 2 – The Next 6 Ingredients

For part 1 of Best Selling Books Secret #2 click here.

Ingredient 7: Town vs. Country

In these best sellers there is typically a character who sets off on a journey, a call to adventure beyond the surroundings of his or her smaller world. It wanderer-455338_1920is the same journey that Joseph Campbell describes in The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Christopher Vogler describes in The Writer’s Journey.

In these stories the hero or heroine will travel back and forth from city to country and vice versa so they are “fish out of water” and have to adapt to their surroundings.

Ingredient 8: Religion vs. Human Secularism

Best sellers tend to feature religion in prominent ways, consistently criticizing orthodox religious practice and the dangers of zealotry. As Hall says, “novels that place a heavy emphasis on religious themes certainly attract readers who might otherwise avoid novels altogether.”

Ingredient 9: American Dream & American Nightmare

We love stories portraying the rise to power from humble beginnings to fight injustice and we are also fascinated by stories of people’s fall from power as well.

We love stories that show us that, as Hall puts it, “even the poorest and most disenfranchised among us can achieve prosperity, material wealth, and personal freedom.”

And then we love to see them fall.

Ingredient 10: A Dozen Mavericks

Of the 12 best selling books Hall discusses, the hero’s are “all rebels, loners, misfits or mavericks”. These characters march to the beat of their own drummer. They don’t fit in to the social puzzle around them and that is why they are loved so much.cuba-704068_1920

Ingredient 11: Fractured Families

In each best selling novel the characters find a way to overcome the heartbreak of a broken family of one sort or another.

For example, Scarlett O’Hara loses three husbands and a daughter all while wasting her life chasing a man she finally realizes she never truly loved…and the rest of the characters fall quickly into line behind her.

Ingredient 12: Just In Case You Forgot…Sex Sells

couple-731890_1920In every book he investigated Hall found that there is a sexual encounter that shapes the destiny of the main character or the plot.

So that’s it? That’s all I need to do to write best selling books? Well, no. But it is a start.

For more secrets of what makes a best seller click here. Or, better yet, buy the book here.

For more information on how to write a novel, publish it and market it online, click here.

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