The Top 10 Elements of a Book People Want to Read

Another great post I found on the Writer’s Digest website by guest columnist Helga Schier, originally published March 2015. I thought it contained fairly important information that may be of help to new writers especially. As a writer, and an editor, you need to know what makes people want to read your book.

Helga Schier, PhD, is a former Big Five editor, and the founder of, an independent editorial services firm. Helga has over 20 years of experience in the (self-)publishing industry, and her editorial work focuses on the refinement of story, character, and stylistic issues, helping writers unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Helga has published essayistic works on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. For more information, visit

“So you’ve got a great idea and you want to write a book. Go for it, I say, because these days, anyone can publish a book.” Click HEREto read more.


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