At the time, I think they were known in their country but not yet International stars. Well, that song is now #1 on the charts. It's a great song and the video is equally exciting.
So - are books the same way? I mean, an author can have a ton of good books but usually, there will be one that stands out, that surpasses all others in the way readers receive it.
That's what I'm going for. I think that's what most authors are going for, to have book after book reach a level of success that basically says; wow! You've arrived.
An author can do everything right in terms of craft and still have a story that's ho-hum. Sometimes an author can have the most amazing story but somehow miss the mark with craft. Which sells more books? Dunno. But - I think you raise your chances of a great novel if you do pay attention to all the craft elements. I think it's important to revisit those sometimes so here's my checklist. Feel free to add to it.
- Active vs passive
- Fully developed characters who have history, ancestors, background, religion, etc
- Internal and external conflict for both main characters
- An antagonist that has redeemable qualities
- Chapters that end and begin with hooks.
- HEA (since I write romance)
- A powerful black moment
- Goals, motivation and conflict
- A great story