Viral TikTok boosts father's thriller book to bestseller

A full-time lawyer and father of three, Lloyd Devereux Richards spent 14 years working on his book and another 11 years waiting for

the thriller to become a bestseller. That is, until his daughter posted a 16-second TikTok video last week with the straightforward message,

I'd love for him to earn more sales. Her dad said, "I'm ready for a nap" after the book debuted at No. 1 on Amazon.

He tells BBC News that the event has shown why writers should never give up.

More than 40 million people have watched the popular film, which chronicles Mr. Richards' arduous process of finishing the book Stone Maidens.

Through the hashtag #BookTok, which consumers use to discuss their favorite authors and book picks, TikTok, a short-form video hosting site,

has assisted in boosting sales of hundreds of books in recent years. According to a New York Times article,

BookTok alone assisted authors in selling 20 million printed books in 2021. Mr. Richards was overcome by the news of his sudden

celebrity and broke down in tears when he read the TikTok post's comments after learning it had gone viral from his daughter.

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