#TheBookBlogTrain – What Makes a book A Bestseller

Reading is my passion. Till date I have 100’s of books while some of the characters and story lines would stay with me forever, some where really really hard to read even a single line more. From the amount of books I have read, I have concluded some points which are must for a Bestseller


We all have one or more characters that are going to stay with us forever. A good book should have characters that affect the readers and connect with them. It doesn’t matter whether they are real or fictional but in that book they should be real enough to connect with the readers.


Narration should be entertaining and gripping. There are thousands ways of describing sun rises from the east but the one with the most picturesque narration will help readers imagine the scene easily. And this make them hooked to the story. For eg., there are tons of love stories available in the market still only some stories touch your heart because they have a gripping narration.


Yes! you heard it right words. Use correct words. Often a times I have read books which has sentences with no meaning at all or at times the meaning is very deep and relevant but because of wrong choice of words they make no sense. Words are the soul of a book if it isn’t true it won’t work. I am not saying that use only intellectual or complex words but the words which can be felt. Words which carry emotions. Which brings me to my next point.

4.Emotional connect

Have an emotional connect with your readers. It can be any emotion thrill, love, lust, lost, happy, sad, anger. Emotions help to connect with the book and their characters better and even make them last longer in the minds of the readers.


I kept this point in the last because it is not that very important for me but it is the essential part of any book. For this I would just say that plot of any book should make sense. Like if you have great characters, you are emotionally invested in the book but if it has no story I don’t think so it would work.

These all are not sure shot formula of a Bestseller but according to me all these points contributes a lot in the success of a book.

What are your thoughts on a book being A Bestseller? Do share it in the comments

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50 thoughts on “#TheBookBlogTrain – What Makes a book A Bestseller

  1. I like the way you pointed out to parts of the book that makes it a bestseller. Like Romila added earlier, I would add a deep fresh research idea is a major there. Giving a purpose/motive to the reader. Fabulous attempt!

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  2. Totally agree with your post. Though, bestseller obviously need a bigger idea, but it cannot happen without the story, characters, plot and most importantly, correct words. Great blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I love the post. I donโ€™t have much knowledge about specific books but I could connect with your post. I agree with you. Words, emotional connection, characters are equally important. I find it useful. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I completely agree with novemberschild. A good research is equally important. There is dialogue in a Tamil movie โ€ A lie should always have a few truth in it to make someone believeโ€.
    A fiction book should have some real facts or close to life to get readers attention. Thatโ€™s is only possible with good research.

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  5. Bestsellers are built on a big idea. Not just some old thing regurgitated in a new way. Itโ€™s something fresh and interesting. You must find an idea that will get readers excited to pick up your book. This goes for fiction, nonfiction, advice, how-to, and memoir. A small idea for a book results in small sales. And a book idea, well, you get the picture. J.R.R. Tolkien spent years developing the languages upon which his entire world would later be built. Donโ€™t neglect the importance of nailing a big idea before you begin writing. And donโ€™t rush the research.

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