The author couldn’t sell his first book to a publisher, so self-published, selling 5000 copies in the first week
What lessons can you learn from this bestseller?
Write to market
Fergus Hume failed to sell his plays, so asked the local bookseller which books sold best. He replied the detective novels of Emile Gaboriau, and so Hume studied them in order to write his own. He set The Mystery of a Hansom Cab where he lived in Melbourne.
Study the books that sell well to write your own.
No publisher would look at Hume’s book. So he published it himself.
Don’t let rejection stop you.
The book sold 5 000 copies in the first week, 20 000 in the first three months.
Hume then sold his copyright to a publishing company for a mere 50 pounds.
Retain your copyright.
Hume then went on to write 130 further novels, though none were are popular as his first.
One book does not make a career.
The book was not adored by everyone.
One of the weakest tales I have read, simply sold by puffing.
Arthur Conan Doyle
No matter how successful, not everyone will like your book.
This is this month’s book for the bookclub I belong to. Having read the introduction here, I am eager to begin reading.
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