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The author of 'The Da Vinci Code' nearly crumbled under the weight of 250 million readers' expectations a?? until he reminded himself of the strategy he'd used all along

The author of 'The Da Vinci Code' nearly crumbled under the weight of 250 million readers' expectations a?? until he reminded himself of the strategy he'd used all along
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Dan Brown is one of the world's top best-selling authors, with 250 million books sold.




In 2003, the success of his book "The Da Vinci Code" broke a string of flops for him.




He was only able to navigate the noise that came with a sudden increase of attention by learning to trust his instincts and not try to please everyone.




"Wait a minute," he finally told himself. "Just write the book you want to read. That's all you've ever been doing."



Ahead of the release of his fourth novel, "The Da Vinci Code," in 2003, Dan Brown took a galley copy of the book to the park and read the whole thing. If it was another flop, he was going to try something else with his career.
Not only was the book a success — it was an international phenomenon, and Brown quickly became one of the world's top bestselling authors. Since then, he's written three more thrillers, and in total he's sold 250 million books.
But the success of "The Da Vinci Code," while welcome, was initially strange for Brown. He had become accustomed to struggling to find an audience for his work, and now he had to learn how to navigate his next moves with all eyes on him.
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