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If you don't know, Jeffrey Archer is a writer based in England who has written several novels, short stories, autobiographical books, plays and even screenplays. He is best known for his novel Kane and Abel which sold more than 34 million copies and is under its 94th reprint.
I'm his fan and when I came across the following interview, I found some good tips in it for writers which I'm sharing below. Although this interview is not entirely about writing. He is speaking about other things too like movies and cricket, but I have extracted only those points which I think will help writers.
The complete interview ran in two videos, which are embedded below.
Part 1 of the interview
Part 2 of the interview
1) If your one book becomes a bestseller, others too will
After loosing all his investments in a Canadian company, he was left with a debt of £427,727 and was on the verge of bankruptcy.
So he sat down to write his first novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less but managed to sell only 3,000 copies. But he didn't give up. He kept writing and his fourth novel, Kane and Abel became a huge success.
But here's the big deal. After this success his first book too picked up on sales and sold 27 million copies!
Takeaway - There are very few writers who become bestsellers with their first book. An excellent way to sell your one book is to write another one. After you pass a threshold, after even if your one book becomes a bestseller, others too will see increase in sales.
When readers start to trust you that your reading won't disappoint them, they will buy even your other books.
For example Kane and Abel was the first Archer book that I read. Since then I have bought three more of his books just because of his name on the cover page.
2) Keep exploring new people and places
Archer travels a lot. In fact he visits Italy twice a year just to see the paintings of that city. Though he said he goes there for paintings, I'm sure the experience he gains by travelling to a new place must help him in his writing.
And here's what he does when he meets new people: