The Bestseller Scams

Got a bestseller?  Really?

"Bestseller" in the publishing industry used to mean your book hit the New York Times or USA Today lists (some would argue that the LA Times should be included as a third source). Other than those two or three, the word "bestseller" was preceded by the title of the list, e.g. Sacramento Bee bestselling author. 

These days, bestselling authors abound, primarily self-described as the result of a one hour stint on an category list. Now, don't get me wrong -- the traditional bestseller lists have issues of validity as well. But the gamification of bestsellerdom is -- well, this article covers it very well. Check it out.

For more info on what it takes to make each "bestseller" list (Hint: most are curated lists and not based on actual sales):

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