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Letter From The Editor
In all my years writing and publishing fiction and nonfiction books — a total of 6 years and 8 books — I have learned that what makes a bestseller is nebulous and not necessarily long-lasting. I don’t mean to be negative; as authors we can’t control what readers do, but we can control what we write and that we write. Several of my books have been bestsellers on Amazon in their category for about a minute, and other books have sold well but never showed up on any list. Many of the authors I’ve interviewed, including Bella Andre and Tina Folsom featured in this issue, report making great sales before showing up on any bestsellers lists.
What exactly is being a bestselling author or having a book that is a bestseller? Well, that depends, but over all it means that your book sells better than other books in a certain time or place. On Amazon, the bestsellers lists are calculated every hour. On other lists like The New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall St. Journal, the bestsellers listings are created based on how many books have sold in a given week, what the season is, where the books are sold, and what the competition is. (More on how bestsellers lists are created are here in an article I wrote on my blog, the Writer’s Fun Zone, in 2010.)
If you’re determined to be a bestseller, just know what you’re up to. Get educated and read the articles in the issue, as well as whatever else you can get your hands on. An educated author can set goals appropriate to their career as it is. To me that’s success!
And Happy New Year! May 2014 be the year you achieve your goals and dreams and have the success you desire.
Editor & Publisher
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PS. Our Spring 2014 theme is “The State of Publishing” due out mid-April 2014. If you want to write for us, read our guidelines here and send in your query now. Articles are due Feb. 28, 2014.
I hope you enjoy learning from our peers in these 9 articles. In this issue, you’ll discover: