For the first post of the new year, I give you: How to create a NY Times Bestseller, according to The Atlantic Wire.
Start with a literary agent with an idea. Throw in an Internet search. Find what you’re looking for. And voila.
Laurie Abkemeier, a literary agent with DeFiore and Company, decided a couple years ago that the world needed a book about ugly Christmas sweaters. She went onto the Internet until she found Brian Miller, Adam Paulson and (the appropriately named) Kevin Wool, three guys in Indiana who sold ugly Christmas sweaters from their website…From that you get a bestseller.
Emily Witt, with the New York Advisor, offers this advice:
Start a Tumblr or Twitter feed with some combination of puppies, fear of protracted adolescence, horrific Americana, text messages from your friends or photos of your parents; add a dose of nostalgia, regret or chagrin, promote it all over the Internet and wait for the literary agents to find you.What ideas do you have?