Advice from the Masters: Jackie Collins (in memoriam)

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Jackie Collins had a string of thirty-two New York Times bestsellers. Her books have sold more than 500 million copies in more than 40 languages. She always said that she would be writing her novels for years to come, but that wasn’t to happen.

Jackie died on September 19 of breast cancer at the age of 77. The Guardian obituary will give you a tangy overview of her life and work.

We’ve used a quote from her already in this Advice series. I went searching for advice from her that would be another piece of solid advice for a writer of any kind, but especially for business book authors. Here it is from a piece she posted on her own web site.

“I’m a storyteller, not a literary writer. Two hundred years ago, I’d have been sitting round a campfire weaving stories people wanted to hear.”

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