Bestselling Books from the Past Decade (1996-2006)

When I worked in a bookstore, I constantly monitored the bestsellers to get an idea of what was popular among readers. I wanted to know, for my own writing, what readers found interesting and why. It’s the dream of most writers to one day see their name on that list, though for my own part, I don’t see too many historical fiction, medieval, fantasy type novels making that list, and that’s okay. I would rather write something I’m interested in and something I enjoy than try to find those “hot” topics and write with the intention to purely make money. You’re chances of making a living as writer are not that good anyway, so you might as well write about something you’re interesting in. For me, that’s medieval history.

A list of bestsellers from 1996 – 2006

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine,, and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

One thought on “Bestselling Books from the Past Decade (1996-2006)”

  1. Your particular genre might not be featured on any best seller lists, but it does have an extremely loyal following among those who do keep up with the genre.

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