Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers

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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Random House Trade
Publish Date
Pages
294
Dimensions
5.18 X 0.69 X 8.0 inches | 0.53 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780812970951
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About the Author

James W. Hall is the author of seventeen novels, four books of poetry, two short-story collections, and a book of essays. He's also the winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards.

Reviews

"Passionately and thoroughly entertaining....Hall examines 12 of the most successful novels of the 20th century and 'reverse-engineer[s]' them, mining their separate defining qualities and their comparative appeal to readers...Referential and cleverly elucidated, the book raises many good points about the precise methodology of bestselling novels."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating. Every would-be writer, and every knowledgeable reader, should read this book. It brings a valid understanding to publishing phenomena that seemingly were unexplainable. With this book, you see the forest and the trees."
--MICHAEL CONNELLY

"I learned more about fashioning a bestseller from Hit Lit than from any other book, or any experience, I've encountered in my thirty-five years as an editor and publisher. Even established and successful authors need this guide."
--OTTO PENZLER