From Tedx via YouTube: What Makes a Bestseller?

I watched this last night. It’s a terrific video on what makes a bestseller. The speaker is Jonny Geller,  who was the agent for Tracy Chevalier who wrote Girl with Pearl Earring.  This is a fascinating analysis by a man who has spent his career trying to determine what makes a bestseller.

Update, August 22, 2020: Large Print Edition of A Tale Of Hell…Coming Soon

portrait of Phil Slattery
Hasting’s, Farmington, New Mexico, October, 2015,

I have decided to produce a large print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror  for the visually challenged. I don’t know when it will be out, hopefully soon. Changing the font to 18-point vs. 12 was easy enough, but now I have to contend with the font that was larger than the original 12-point and the space between paragraphs. What size do I want to make them? The larger print, of course, means more pages, so the price will have to increase accordingly, but I will keep the increase to a minimum. I will also have to review the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines and ensure that I am following their advice. This means I may have to change the font from a serif to a non-serif and make other minor adjustments.

Once I have accomplished changing A Tale of Hell… I will look at adapting Click, The Scent and Other Stories, and Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover to large print as well.

Thoughts? Comments?

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