Stephen King Biography

stephen king

Stephen King Biography shows how Inspiration is Essential in a Writer’s Life

In 1947, the second child of Donald King was born in Portland, who later became the world’s most prolific writer of this century. Soon after his birth his parents got separated, their mother Nellie Ruth brought up both Stephen King and his elder brother. At the age of eleven, Stephen moved to Durham, Maine, where he used to live in a nice little small house with financial support from his other family members.

Like many other writer, Stephen king’s graduation is related to English literature. In 1970, he graduated in English from University of Maine. During this university days he showed some great signs in writings, and even joined Burton Hatlen’s writing workshop. Stephen sold his first ever story, a short story, “The Glass Floor” in 1967 and this was the begging of his writing era. In 1971, King got married with Tabitha Spruce, a student of Univ. of Maine. In that year, he got a job of a teacher in Hamden Academy, Maine. While continuing his teaching profession, he kept publishing his stories in local magazines of Maine.

Stephen’s first success as a writer did not come until 1973, when his novel ‘Carrie ‘was selected by Doubleday publishing house. Interestingly, the plot of Carrie seemed to be childish to Stephen at first when he was thinking to write this novel, with the encouragement from his wife he decided to write it and make a major breakthrough as a writer. Thought he could not make much from advance payment for that novel, eventually when Carrie became a hit, it earned him over $400,000. After the success of Carrie, Stephen King was a not only a household name of the USA, but getting recognition, as a genius of suspense, around the world.

This is a just a summary of Stephen King’s bio. Think if he did not publish his get support of his wife for the plot of this first novel Carrie, could he be today’ Stephen King- maybe or maybe not!

Stephen King and J.K. Rowling

Best Selling Books of all Time

best selling books

Interestingly the bestselling book of the world in not any popular novel. The Bible, a religious holy book , almost 2000 years old, with sales volume approximately 2.5 billion to 6 billion- is holding the position of the bestselling book with a mammoth margin with the second highest sold books-the Little Red Book- quotations from chairman Mao, sold over 800 millions. The third highest sold book is “The Quran”, sold almost 800 million copies.  “Xinhua Dictionary”, a Chinese dictionary, is the number four in the list of best selling books, with sales of 400 million. The next best selling is another Chinese book called “Chairman Mao’s Poems” by Mao Zedong, sold approximately 400 million, followed by another Mao Zedong book “Chairman Mao’s Poems”. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, written of 1859, is the seventh bestselling books of our planet with over 200 million sales world-wide.

It is not difficult to understand why there are several number of Chinese books topping the list of best selling books of all time-they have on fifth of the world population.Yet, if population is an important parameter and deciding factor for best selling books, then there should be many Indian authors’ books in the top 10 best seller list, since population wise India is also comparable to Chinese. The trend of the kind of books remain best seller will change over time, who knows in the next decade you book may become the top 10 best seller of all time-who knows!

How to Publish Your Book-Take 3 Easy Steps

how to publish your book

The first step of becoming a good writer is reading books on regular basis. You need to make a plan on how many books you are going to finish within a month-ideally 3 to 4 books will do. Now, you may ask me what you should really read for improving your writing skills. There is no hard and fast rule about what exactly you should and shouldn’t read-but you must read as much contemporary writings as possible, especially try to read books from your areas of interest on which planning to write your book. You also may consider reading foreign language books. Read as much as possible, and do not discriminate any topic. Whatever you find interesting can give you lots of writing ideas for your books.

Secondly, try to realize your values. Find you why you choose to become a writer. Do you want money, fame or just for personal satisfaction you want to write a book. And most importantly, what kind of book you want to write. Does it really match to your real strength of writing-do you have keen interest in the subject you plan to publish a book on. Be honest and write what you like the most-your potential will be rewarded sooner or later.

Lastly, you need to learn how the publishing industry works. If you have enough time do some volunteer work like reading for a few publishers. You also can meet experts in the publishing industry. Even doing job in a publishing company or in a bookstore sometimes helps a lot to learn the insight of the publishing world.

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