Before we get our guest's post, I want to take this time to thank everyone for your support of the Kindle release of my novel, The Samson Effect. Thanks to you, it's had a better month than I could have imagined. It's humbling to see it pass NY Times best selling authors on the Amazon best seller lists. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for your support.
Now, on to our guest post for today...
How Many Books Do I Have to Sell to Make My Book a Bestseller?
By Trissa Tismal
Becoming a bestseller is the ultimate dream of every author. Besides the fact that bestsellers make the most difference in the world, hitting this milestone comes with a lot of respect and perks.
A very common question I'm always asked is, "How many books do I have to sell to make my book a bestseller?"
When you're a bestselling author, people think that you've sold millions and millions of books around the world. Most authors think the same way too. The truth is becoming a bestseller does not equate to millions of books sold.
The bestseller's list is a ranking system. It's like the billboard top 100 list for songs or the box office movie hit for films.
An example is the box office on a weekend in July 2010. The #1 box office movie hit that weekend was the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which grossed $83.6 million. It's number one because it sold more movie tickets than all other movies showing at that time. The number two box office hit on that same list is The Last Airbender, which sold $51.8 million.
Now let's look at a weekend in March 2011. The #1 top box office movie hit is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," which grossed at $23.7 million. In this list, Diary of a Wimpy Kid sold more than everyone else showing that weekend so it got the #1 spot. Even though in the earlier example, on the same box office list but just on a different weekend, The Last Airbender sold $51.8 million—much more than the $23.7 million of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But the The Last Airbender got #2 spot on the first list and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid got #1 spot on the list below because the box office movie hit, like the billboard top 100 and the bestseller list is a ranking system and its not based on a specific number of sales.
So how many books do you have to sell to become a #1 bestselling author? The answer is more than what the existing number one book is selling. If Harry Potter is currently #1 and its selling 10,000 books, then you have to sell at least 10,001 books. That will knock out Harry Potter from the number one spot and make you the #1 bestseller. The key is to push sales as high as possible so it climbs the charts and outsell every other popular book on a particular bestseller list.
Seems like a daunting task? Yes it is, IF you do it alone. My tip to you is don’t even try doing this by yourself or you’ll be severely disappointed. A feat this huge is something that is accomplished with the help of other people. There will be challenges you will encounter along the way, but never give up. Stay connected to why your book must be in the hands of as many people as possible. Keep on going and don't let anything get in your way.
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-------- Tony Eldridge is the author of The Samson Effect, an action/adventure novel that Clive Cussler calls a "first rate thriller brimming with intrigue and adventure." He is also the author of the Twitter marketing book, Conducting Effective Twitter Contests.