How to become a best Selling AuthorBecoming a bestselling author
But NOT SOLD THE BUILD! This means that it relies on the author to create the sale. But most of the contributors don't know how to buy them. You often don't like having to go and resell.
You don't know what to do. You don't have a blueprint.
So what does it really mean to be a bestselling author?
Nowadays, everyone seems to describe themselves as "bestselling authors". "What they're not telling you is that they have reached best-seller stature, albeit briefly, in a tightly-laced Amazon sub-category that is more about promoting and timed than selling many titles. Is there a right to use the bestselling coat when you hit the top of an Amazon sub-category, or is that just a tad truthful?
Would it be better to reserve the book as a best-selling author only for those writers who were at the top of one of the "big lists", as in the good old times before Amazon compelled the sector to rethink what the concept of best-selling author actually meant? I think it all comes down to how you describe the words "bestseller" or "bestselling author".
" that the best-seller state on any listing is manipulable. To become a best-selling author with a best-selling volume and thus gain the valuable boast about it, a volume had to reach one of the big lists: And Barnes & Noble, Publishers Weekly, The LA Times, even Walmart is publishing a best-seller listing, although I've never seen anyone put "Walmart best-selling author" on the frontpage.
In order to achieve a large listing like The Wall Street Journal, you would have to be selling at least 3,000 copies in the first one. In order to get on the big lists, the main artery, the big bazaar, the New York Times best-seller lists, one would have to be selling around 9,000 titles in the first fortnight. The majority of writers would like to be able to publish 9,000 titles in their lives, so the odds of ever reaching a large book catalog are low.
You' probably realized that I didn't add Amazon to the "list of big lists", because until a few month ago Amazon followed the sale rankings by the hours rather than by the weeks. At the beginning of the year they started Amazon Charts, which published a listing (with purchase button for each volume, duh) of the top 20 best sellers in literature and non-fiction, as well as the 20 most-read titles in both catagories.
Are Amazon charts ever taken as seriously as the New York Times best-seller-lists? And even the Walmart best seller lists? Most likely not just because it's so simple to get best-seller stats at Amazon. In order to reach "bestseller status" within a particular Amazon catagory, you only need to be at the top of each subsection for a brief instant, and there is a good chance that you will be labeled "bestseller", which gives you the right to say that you really are a best-selling author, at least as far as Amazon is concerned. All you need is a brief second.
To become a best-seller on the big list means selling a lot of textbooks, many and many over the course of the day, not just lessons. To become an Amazon best-seller means selling your titles (to a certain extent), but it's more about choosing a small alcove, tampering with the algorithms with the title and key words and descriptions, having a funky, eye-catching artwork, and above all, selling your ass in bulk to lead shoppers to your titles, so that all those purchases - all 10 or 12 of them - take place in a short pop-up box that lets your titles gush up and stays there for at least a round of the algorithms.
You can be number 1 for one hours on Amazon and number 10 for the next. Perhaps you are more worried about the titles than about the selling of your work. Is an Amazon bestseller really a bestseller in the conventional meaning? So here is another question: Should you really worry about how the cover was obtained and on what listing, as long as it was the stunt and deserved you the cover of the bestseller that you can put on your cover of your novel, website, ink on your brow, etc.?
You' re an Amazon bestselling author. You can boast until the cow comes home, even if your next one is in a completely different Amazon class or alcove. Many writers believe that acquiring the bestselling author is all about selling brands and boasting, not books.
Now you can call yourself an Amazon bestseller author with a certain amount of self-assurance. If one drops the term "Amazon", the water becomes muddy. Instead of describing himself as a best-selling author who has for a short instant been selling most of the Amazon subcategories of Healt, Gym and Diet / Alternate Medicines / Medicinal Products / Ethereal Oil, they have dropped the reservation and simply call himself a "bestselling author", which most folks think is one of the big list.
To get that high, how many titles do you have to publish on Amazon every single workingday? As the sub-category narrows, the less competitive, the better the chances of winning first place if you do a good promotion work. I' m familiar with writers who have achieved Amazon's best-selling reputation with less than a few dozens of titles that have been published.
It can be gained by manipulating algorithms and skillful advertising, not by selling the book over a longer term. And if you don't believe me, do a Google quest to become an Amazon best-seller and look at the results. Perhaps that's why traditional people think that Amazon songs are a bunch of nonsense.
When my pal Larry, who is a real 6-time NYT bestseller author, gets mad when he finds out that someone calls himself a bestseller author when the song is only deserved at Amazon. He' a classicist, which means that if you haven't deserved the song on any of the big 3 listings (fuck you B&N and Walmart), your boast is best confused.
One thing Larry doesn't get is that just a mortal like you and I have about as many chances of getting on the NYT best-seller lists as we do win the sweepstakes, so we have to take our little wins wherever we can. I, I am a best-selling author in the Amazon class Fiction / Mistery / Mistery, Thriller, Tension / Thriller... Phew.
See if you can get that on the front page of your next volume and see how excited they are.