I wrote this original post on June 7th, 2013…over a year ago.
At the time as you can see from what I wrote, of the 25 New York Times Bestsellers, 3 (three) were self-published. Cancer kept me busy, so I stopped consistently checking the lists for self-published books.
Recently, I started looking again…and what I found wasn’t pretty for self-published books. In point of fact, I discovered a statement that explained why there were none on NYT List.
Quote: “Among the categories not actively tracked at this time are: perennial sellers, required classroom reading, textbooks, reference and test preparation guides, journals, workbooks, calorie counters, shopping guides, comics, crossword puzzles and self-published books.”
So that explains that…
What about the USToday BestSellers List? Self-published books are conspicuously absent, but I couldn’t find a public statement like the one above. Over a year ago…there were 18 books…today I found 1. I think I need to write to ask them if they’ve changed their policy and aren’t being upfront about it like the NYTimes.
Previous Post: June 7, 2013
Last evening I looked at both the USA Today Bestseller list and the New York Times Bestseller lists.
It isn’t something I do often.
However, if I go there, I stay to see how many of those on the lists are self-published. I know. I know. Here I go again…flapping my gums about something I haven’t done. I’d planned on doing it. Really.
As luck would have it…or extreme badluck…I have to start taking this option more seriously. But I’ll talk about that another time.
What I want to talk about is the surprising data I found on the lists. On the USA Today list, which consists of 150 books, I found no less than 18 books that were self-published! I think that’s outstanding!
12 percent of the bestselling books are self-published. Many of them were high on the list!
The New York Times list under the Combined Ebook and Print Fiction is a list of only 25 books. 3 of them were self-published. Again 12%
The New York Time list under Ebook Fiction is also a list of 25 books. 5 were self-published. Hello! That’s 20%!!!!!!!!
And that ROCKS!
Today the numbers are different…they must change on Friday and there were only 4 on that last list today…but one of them made it to #6 the first week out of the gate!
I’d say this a great time to be self-published!