A Primer on the New York Times Bestseller List – by Sarah Rexford…

on Self-Publishing:

The goal of many writers is to land on the New York Times bestseller lists. Being a bestselling author can mean future book contracts, speaking gigs, recognition for your work, a sizable passive income from your writing, and many more opportunities.

If you search the New York Times, you will find “Authoritatively ranked lists of books sold in the United States, sorted by format and genre.”

There are multiple lists you can search, all separated into categories: Fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and monthly lists.

Under fiction: Combined print and E-book, hardcover, and paperback trade.

Under nonfiction: Combined print and E-book, hardcover, paperback, advice, how-to, and miscellaneous.

Under monthly lists: audio fiction, audio nonfiction, business, graphic books and magna, mass market, middle grade paperback, young adult paperback.

These categories have stipulations, and people are often curious about how to actually land on a bestseller list. What does it take?

Does good writing mean you can land at the top? Can you buy your way onto the bestseller list? What if you have a large social media following and market well?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. How to Get on the New York Times Bestseller List
  2. New York Times Bestseller List Rules
  3. Can Self-Published Authors Get on the New York Times Bestseller List?
  4. Does the New York Times Bestseller List Mean You’re A Good Author?
  5. The Mindset of a Bestseller
  6. What Are the Right Goals for Your Book?

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