Every author dreams of becoming a best seller, hitting that coveted spot on the NYT bestseller comes with some serious bragging rights. So how do you get there, how do you become a bestselling author? It isn’t really a secret, you sell a lot of books in a very short period of time, and each list has a different requirement. For Amazon it’s only about 500 books but the New York Times it’s going to take about 9,000 books to hit their list. Let’s have a look at how most authors make the best seller list.
Don’t count on luck to take you to the top of any best seller list, it’s right up there with winning the lottery. If you are familiar with the 50 Shades of Grey series then you have an example of luck. The books were originally a piece of self-published fan fiction that became popular, it eventually caught the attention of the big New York publishing houses and a best seller was born.
Write a Really Good Book
With few exceptions all of the best sellers have incredible writing skills and the books are really well written. These books sell a ton of copies because they are incredibly good books, especially within the fiction section. Every writer should strive to make the best-seller list based on good writing.
A Solid Marketing Strategy
Even the next great American novel needs some marketing in order to make the best-seller list. Your book may be better than most of the books on the best-seller list but the difference is they have great marketing propelling them to the top spot. Combining a well-written book with some incredible marketing is how you hit the top of the best seller list. Becoming a best seller can setup your career for the rest of your life.
Buy Your Way In
For all of your cynics out there, you were right. Yes, you can cheat your way onto a best seller list. You simply buy enough books to guarantee your place on the list. However this isn’t cheap and other than temporary bragging rights it could hurt more than help. However there are marketing companies that will help you do just that. They will make your sales look natural and get around the safeguards that are already in place that are supposed to prevent this from happening.
For an author reaching bestseller status can be a huge honor, if you did it through hard work and a well written book. Buying your way there is probably not the best idea, the critics will eat you alive.