How to write a bestseller

You write every day for 8 hours, 5 days a week.
Publish 3-4 books per year.
You will have some books that will do mmmm, most of the books will do OK and some books will be bestsellers.

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Nora Roberts writes daily and has an amazing number of bestsellers.

“Since she started writing stories down in notebooks 30 years ago, Nora Roberts has used discipline and talent in equal measure. Early in her career, she worked her writing in between her sons’ daily pre-school and nap schedules. When they were both in school full time, her writing schedule mirrored theirs, although she put in extra hours over the weekend. Now, after almost 200 books and countless bestsellers, she writes eight hours a day — every day.”

OK, you don’t have to do it this way. Maybe these points will make it easier:

  • Write 1,000 words a day
  • Write 5 days a week
  • In 2 months you have a book: 40,000 words
  • Take 1 month for reading and editing
  • Publish 3 books per year
  • Rinse and repeat

You will attract your own following.

When I finished writing my first book last year I knew that I wanted to do this again. I loved doing it.
Receiving all the tweets, comments, emails when the book was published, I knew I will do this every year.

So, I am working on my second book: Pick your Niche


If you are an independent professional and picked your niche, I would love you to answer some questions via email for me.
Your answers can help the readers of this book to pick their niche.
Let me know via the comments if you can and want to help me.

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By Erno Hannink

Sparring and accountability partner for entrepreneurs who create sustainable positive impact. Explores decision-making. Shares his insights on this in, articles, books (Dutch), podcast, newsletters, and tools. Has a life mission to reduce social and ecological inequality. Father of two children, husband of M., runs, referee for the national soccer league, and uses stoicism for calm. Lives in the Netherlands. Speaks Dutch, English, and German.

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