Back in the 30s, a publisher once remarked that there was a huge market for Civil War books (this was the era of Gone With the Wind, after all), medical books, and pet books. He suggested that somebody needed to write a book called Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog and he would make a fortune.
These days, the popular subjects are religion, royalty, mystery, and sex. So the perfect opening line for a novel is “Dear Heaven! I’m pregnant!” said the Queen, “I wonder who did it?”
As an author of books that fit into a very specialized niche with a decidedly miniscule readership, I have sometimes played with this gag. A friend of mine once joked to me that “Having a best-selling book of Catholic...READ MORE