This.Patty Jansen said:1. Sell a metric [crap]-tonne of books
2. Get refused by the NYT bestseller list because it's a curated list and if they don't like your book, they don't put it on there.
Listing can make decent money, and then the next time you offer that book for sale you can say "USAT Bestseller," which I think helps you get accepted.Crystal_ said:I've been thinking about making a USA Today run on a sale book now that I'm taking some of my backlist wide. I do have the letters from the bundle, but I mostly want to see if I can do it. The letters don't do anything for your career, but it's perfectly valid to want them anyway.
I disagree that the question is serious.C. Gockel said:Ha, ha, ha! Why didn't I think of that! (OP, your question is serious, but the non-serious answers are fun.)
Stephen King figured it out a few times, but I'm sure he's not human. Or he's plugged into the Mainframe. Either way, he's not telling.David VanDyke said:I disagree that the question is serious.
It may be sincere, but the question itself is farcical, rather like asking "How do I build a billion-dollar company?" The answers are either vague and obvious, like "Figure out what people want and sell it to them," or highly technical and debatable, i.e. impossible to answer definitely.
It's like the old saw, "There are three guaranteed ways to write a bestseller, but nobody knows what they are."
Or, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" (Practice, practice, practice).
The sincerest answer to the sincere question is, "If anyone knew that, they'd keep it secret and be doing it repeatedly...they wouldn't disclose it here."