to pen the next best seller? Its easy if you know how...
The druggy novel:
Still in big demand among the literary underground. Does well
on the best seller lists too.
Want to write one yourself?
Include at least five references to Class A drugs within the
first ten pages remember its got to be gruesome
Further reading you can from
Naked lunch William Burroughs; Ecstasy, Irvine Welsh.
The Sexy novel:
Nothing creates a better literary frission than perversion,
real or imaginary.Set in France preferably in a dungeon for
eroticism. Refer to S&M, cars and wounds. Bribe a reviewer
to call it a cult classic The Story of the Eye, Georges Bataille;
Crash, JG Ballard
The rocknroll novel
All those dark disturbing tales are bound to do well. Plus sadistic
fans are guaranteed buyers. Get down and dirty with wild groupies
crap venues and bad drugs. The Dark stuff Nick Kent; High fidelity
The generation defining
Has a cool cover (preferably in silver) and lots of name dropping
potential Refer to designer durables and characters (druggy
under 25) with good hair who have an acute/ cute way with words
Catcher in the Ray, J D Slinger; Generation X, Douglas Coupland
The angst-ridden read
Suicide attempts are de rigeur, dont you know? They make
you feel so much better.You must be full of misery have a passionate
soul, been in and out of therapy Marriage to a poet optional
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath; Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel
The travel memoir
The perils of mass tourism, the soul of undiscovered tribes...
Get the gist? Go on an extended holiday. Have big thoughts about
loneliness. Drink a lot Come home and write about it On
the Rode Jack Kerouac; The Beach Alex Garland .