Thursday, July 06, 2017

Bestseller Metrics, By Elaine Ash


Bestseller Metrics is focused on helping writers figure out how their manuscript matches up in characters and structure with published bestsellers such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and others. It forces the writer to confront what is actually in their manuscript rather than what they might *imagine* is in it. The writing is clear and concise, with touches of humor throughout. There are numerous "tests" for writers to run on their manuscripts, and each one is clearly described, with worksheets provided. When necessary, screen shots are given to explain the procedures on a step by step basis.

The creator of Bestseller Metrics is Elaine Ash, an award winning author in her own right, and one with many years of experience in editing. Although Ms. Ash did not specifically set out to create a writing "tip" sort of book, Bestseller Metrics does offer a lot of insight into the writing process and I personally found a lot of wisdom in it.

I've also not seen any other writing book out there that takes this kind of approach. I found it very valuable. It's something I'll keep referring back to with each new book I work on.

12 comments:

EA said...

Charles, reading this was like admiring a bouquet of flowers. Thank you so much for your generous assessment of Bestseller Metrics. I'm especially flattered at the thought that you might actually keep it in your bookcase for reference. All the best to you, your books, and your family.
Gratefully,
Elaine Ash

Angie said...

Huh. This is a book I'd never have looked at twice if I came across it on my own, for reasons I won't go into since Ms. Ash apparently reads your blog. [wry smile] If you found value in it, though, I'll put it on my list to try. Thanks for the rec.

Angie

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, I'll download it tonight!

^.^ said...

Writing a book is not of much interest to me anymore, friend Charles Graemlich. Although I would have much to say bout my culture, which is Roma, I will not ... 1) it hurts too much and 2) it's all been done b4 ... Wishin U a very happy summer ... Love, cat.

Charles Gramlich said...

Angie, the part of me that's a researcher appreciates the kind of effort that goes into such an analysis. I've done some language analysis stuff comparing my writing with other writers I admire, but only on a haphazard basis. It's a different way of looking at the issue of selling books, and I could certainly use some thinking outside the box I've been in.

Alex, I certainly found it useful.

Cat, I hope I still have a few books in me, and I sure would like them to sell. Thanks for your visit.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Charles, thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I have been reading a lot of general stuff on writing.

Gina Gao said...

Thanks for sharing this book! It sounds really interesting.

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oscar case said...

Been following Elaine for a few years now, and she comes up with some clever ideas. I'll check my savings to see if I can afford the book.

Charles Gramlich said...

Prashant, this is a different approach

Gina, thanks.

Oscar, thumbs up

sage said...

This sounds as if it would be a worthwhile book to check out. Thanks.

Erik Donald France said...

Cool beans, Charles. I can dig it. Love that her last name is Ash . . . being Catholic and imagining a Phoenix Rising . . . Ashes to Ashes . . . and up the bestseller list, too boot . . .

Charles Gramlich said...

Sage, pretty useful

Erik, as a Catholic myself, ash does have its resonance