Long hours and nights of writing, typing and editing for an author to come up with a good book that will satisfy his or her ego as an author. Scribbling a story that will make other people happy (the target audience) a lot of research might be required, not leaving out the financial part. Seems like a lot of work but surprisingly even after holding the final copy in your hand still the work isn’t done. It is every author’s dream for his/her work to do good and get credit in the market, nobody wants to have a dead stock or more criticism than praises. In my opinion, I tend to think credibility is everything in the literature world. So how are they credited or get noticed for their work?
There are many ways of killing a rat, but in this case, the quote doesn’t apply. There is only one way and one way only and that is by being ‘Great’. Being great goes a long way and every author has their own interests. Some want to sell out; others just want to get their work out there and others both. Bestseller books are usually categorized in fiction and nonfiction, hardback and paperback editions. In the United Kingdom, a hardcover book could be considered a “bestseller” with sales ranging from 4,000 to 25,000 copies per week, and in Canada, bestsellers are determined according to weekly rankings in the country’s national print sales tracking service, BNC Sales Data.
There are more than 40 best-seller lists that report how well books are doing either nationally or in various segments of the market—in particular regions, at certain chain stores, at independent bookstores nationwide. The leading in the industry is the New York Times list, due to the prominence of the newspaper and the scope of its sales survey. The list printed in the paper every Sunday is divided into the following categories: Hardcover Fiction, Hardcover Non-Fiction, Paperback Trade Fiction, Mass Market, Paperback Nonfiction, and Children. I guess it is safe to safe you’ve made it if your book is listed on New York Times Bestseller.
National Bestselling means that the book listed on either Borders, Barnes and Noble, or possible Books a Million’ internal bestseller list. Though, based in the US the national bestsellers also list the African authors. Some of the Top 100 national bestselling books include (The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane, What Happened by Hillary Rodham, The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna) among others.
USA Today Bestseller is one list that does include digital books. The list is usually reserved for those authors whose books list in the top 50. According to the USA Today site, they collect the 150 bestselling titles and only publish the top 50 are published in the print version of the USA Today on Thursdays. The sales of all formats of one book are combined and the list notes which format sold the most.
Bestseller list is beneficial for both the Author and the Reader. The author gets all the credits he/she deserves for the good job and good sale. For the reader, it saves him/her time looking for the best book to read and they are mostly cheaper. The list is mostly a way of saying the book is good that is a lot of people are interested in buying it.
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