Who Wouldn’t Want to Write a Best Seller?
You’re excitedly writing your first book. Much to your surprise, you’ve been inundated with research and rewrites. You’ve changed the title 10 times and have finally settled on the final one–for today.
It looks a bit like a circus, this thing called writing, yet you’re willing to follow it through to the end. And like thousands of other writers – new and experienced–you want “it,” or at least a chance to reach for it.
You hope against all hope that you can grab the brass ring of writing. Like so many others, you want a “best seller.”
There’s a top honor (or brass ring) in every facet of life.
In theater it’s called a smash.
In music it’s called a mega-hit.
In stocks we say blue chip.
In movies we call it a blockbuster.
Regardless of what you call it, you want it! You think about it! You hope against hope that you’ll qualify for the big prize. In the meantime, you’re stuck on Chapter 4 with nowhere to go.
So what, exactly, will it take to create a “best seller,” and will you see one in my lifetime? Here’s my response (and stats) on the subject.
Amazon requires that you sell 3,500-5,000 copies in a day in combined formats.
The New York Times list heavily counts sales in select brick-and-mortar stores and requires 20,000 copies to be sold in a week.
USA Today compiles a weekly list of it’s best sellers based on sales.