Many believe that if a book is heralded as a bestseller then it must be a captivating nonpareil literary masterpiece. However, this is far from the truth. Becoming a bestselling author is dependent on book sales in a certain number of specific bookstores and online retailers alone.
Lists like the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicles, all base their lists on weekly book sales recorded by different stores. Some lists gather sales figures from more stores than others while some include online figures and some lists still may not consider ebook sales.
As an avid ebook reader on This Site, I read at least 6 books every month, many of which are awesome and appear on Bestselling list and some which don’t. The fact is some really lousy writers appear on best selling list and get many awards while some very talented word wizards struggle to pay the bills every month, a classic Tesla and Edison case.
So far for 2019, the New York Times Bestselling Fictions list comprises of the usual suspects like Danielle Steel, John Grisham, and David Baldacci, writers who write the same type of story over and over but have a massive following (including me…lol). The New York Times Bestselling Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction list included ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, which tells the story of her political ascent and ‘Team of Vipers’ by Clif Sims, an account of White House experiences in the shoes of the former special assistant to Donald Trump.
By just taking a glance at this list you can tell to become a bestseller on New Your Times you or your story must be deemed marketable by a certain set of people. The New York Times has already admitted that they do not populate their list based on mathematical objective but on editorial content. You don’t get on that list because of your supreme literary capability. That said, there are many books which are not deemed as best sellers which are amazing.
If you would like to diversify your authors and get a lift from the basic books marketed to you by best selling lists, take a look at this website. Don’t just read what is marketed to you, read everything and decide what you think is best for yourself.
Personally, I tell myself that if a person took the time to write a book, then there has to be something good and interesting about it, obviously, this statement excludes Twilight & Fifty Shades of Grey, which, of course, were a total waste of time.