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What is a Red Herring in a Mystery Novel?

What is a Red Herring?

A red herring is something in a mystery novel or story that appears to be a clue but instead is a false clue that sends readers apprehending someone who is not the real villain.

An example of a “red herring” would be to choose an innocent character and give them a motive that makes them a strong suspect as the murderer.

 

To study “red herrings” read Agatha Christie who has been dubbed “the Queen of red herrings.”

 

 

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To Sell More Books, You Have To Write More Books

The late James Brady once told me, “in order to sell more books you have to write more books.”  He wrote at least 17 books and was a columnist for Parade Magazine, a Sunday supplement in all the major newspapers in the United States.

After giving Brady’s statement some thought I decided to research for a list of best-selling authors and the number of books they wrote and how many copies they sold.  Even though I was surprised with the list and numbers, I put the information in my “To Use Someday” file.

Today, is “someday” and I am sharing this information with you.

Look at the list of the best-selling fiction authors and the number of books they wrote and the total sales may surprise you too!

Agatha Christie – 85 books;  2-5 billion copies sold

Barbara Cartland – 723 books;  500 million – 1 billion copies sold

Stephen King – 70 books; 300-350 million copies sold

Danielle Steel – 120 books; 500-800 million copies sold

Dr. Seuss – 44 books; 100-500 million copies sold

J. K. Rowling – 9 books; 350-450 million copies sold

J. R. R. Tolkien – 36 books; 200-250 million copies sold

Apparently, Brady was right.  In order to sell more books, you have to write more books.

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Best time for planning a book according to Agatha Christie

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.     Agatha Christie

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