Jerry Jenkins has been steeped in the craft of writing for more than 40 years. With 21 New York Times bestsellers (seven debuting at #1), 186 books, and over 70 million copies sold, he has become one of the most commercially successful writers of our time.
Lucky guy? An overnight success? Hardly.
Jerry's from-the-trenches perspective on how to achieve success is quite the opposite of a conventional approach. He espouses working fiercely and with discipline and leaving the results to the marketplace.
"Left Behind was my 125th book — but not a lot of people realize that."
Jerry wrote that 16-title culture-shifting series for Dr. Tim LaHaye, and the publishing world now refers to it as "the Left Behind phenomenon." Several books in the series hit the New York Timesbestseller list, selling over 62 million copies.
Even with such milestones defining his career, Jerry remains a generous and enthusiastic mentor to writers around the world serious about improving their skills and realizing their dreams to be published.
His biggest tip for those hoping to be the next bestselling author?
"Never make it your goal to write a bestseller," he says. "Relentlessly pursue being the best writer you can be every day, telling that one meaningful story that lights you up. If you do that, you're a success; your part is done. Every other factor — the market, the sales, the reviews — is truly out of your control."