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Title: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Mimsy on February 02, 2019, 11:28:46 am
I've read many posts where writers have said that in some months/seasons it's harder to make a bestseller list like USA Today, NY Times, or Wall Street Journal. I know that November/December is one of these, but does anyone know what the other months are? For example, is January a month where it requires double the sales to make a list? Or is there a lull after Christmas?

Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Sskye on February 02, 2019, 11:31:39 am
September is the most difficult month (or used to be because that's when all the big trad. pub books came out). Feb. was traditionally the easier. Slower sales month in general, less releases. Not sure if that's still the case. I don't recall hearing anything about Jan. in particular.
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Mimsy on February 02, 2019, 11:39:12 am
September is the most difficult month (or used to be because that's when all the big trad. pub books came out). Feb. was traditionally the easier. Slower sales month in general, less releases. Not sure if that's still the case. I don't recall hearing anything about Jan. in particular.

Thank you for the information! I wonder if it gets more difficult going into the spring, re: April, May?
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Lydniz on February 02, 2019, 01:51:37 pm
There's a bit of data collected in this thread, together with some links that might be useful:

https://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=263365.0
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Mimsy on February 02, 2019, 02:48:05 pm
There's a bit of data collected in this thread, together with some links that might be useful:

https://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=263365.0

Thanks! I saw this one during my original search, but it didn't have anything about January and February that I could see. The info on spring months helps, though!
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: LD on February 02, 2019, 04:17:29 pm
December is the hardest.  January is hard in the first half of the month.  September is another hard month. 

I read a study done on this and they broke it down into months.
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Lydniz on February 03, 2019, 01:24:07 am
Have you read Nicholas Erik's very helpful guide? He got on the list in Jan/Feb:

http://nicholaserik.com/usa-today-bestseller-mini-guide/
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Mimsy on February 03, 2019, 12:45:43 pm
December is the hardest.  January is hard in the first half of the month.  September is another hard month. 

I read a study done on this and they broke it down into months.

Thanks for the information!
Title: Re: Bestseller List Most Difficult Months/Seasons
Post by: Mimsy on February 03, 2019, 12:46:47 pm
Have you read Nicholas Erik's very helpful guide? He got on the list in Jan/Feb:

http://nicholaserik.com/usa-today-bestseller-mini-guide/

I read his guide, but I totally missed the part that said the month he did it in. Thanks so much for pointing it out. It helps a lot!