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New York Times Best Seller List

Posted October 28th, 2015 By: Christopher Bowron

(http://christopherbowron.com)

One can only wonder what the fate of their first book will be. I have waxed back and forth regarding what a success would mean to me with my first novel Devil in the Grass.

In the beginning, I was happy that a few of my friends were willing to make the attempt to read the manuscript. I have graduated past that point as several of my Ghost readers have in fact loved the book, and I am going to be published by Koehler Books March 1st, 2016. I figure that if it's worthy in the publisher's eyes that it be published, we have what would seem a solid enough piece of literature.

My expectations from a very low and realistic standpoint are that the novel will give me a strong enough platform to continue doing what I love to do and write more books, hopefully building a fan following whether it be big or small. But... one can't help but look at the high end as well, it's human nature.

OK, you have the James Pattersons of the world, but there are only a few of them and obviously to attain those heights, how could your expectations be better attained? In my mind, I made a goal and that was to one day find myself somewhere on the New York Times List. I'm not saying number one, but just anywhere. I believe one should always have goals. Thus, I went onto Google and tried to figure out what the parameters were for getting on this list.

I came across an article by @Heather-Maclean. The article in a nutshell states that it is not clear cut how and where a particular book gets ranked on the list.

The NYBSL ranks a particular book as to how it ranks among other books that it is competing against over a small period of time, say a week. Thus, if you launch your book just before Christmas, when The James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Bill Clinton and a whole host of other big shooters line up, though your book sold well, it will get hammered down by the big guys. Mostly by fate, my Book Devil in the Grass is coming out in the New Year, which traditionally gives it a better chance of competing for a spot in this prestigious list.

Not all book stores count towards the list. As Heather states:"These include Target, Costco, and Walmart. Considering there are more than 10,000 of just those three stores, that's a lot of books that don't count toward the list. Amazon does report to the NYTBSL, but most internet retailers don't."

No specific numbers are mentioned pertaining to sales. The music industry bases it's figures strictly on the numbers. The NYTBSL is very ambiguous and is not necessarily a fair contest. But then again, life is not fair. Though I don't have a real target in which to shoot for. It would be damn cool to see my name there.

Chris
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Hello All

I will state that first and foremost, I am a Real Estate Broker. I have recently written a book, Devil in the Grass, which will be published in March by Koehler Books. 

My rant for today is how to keep your writing business separate form the place that you make your living. Don't get me wrong, I do eventually want to become the next James Patterson, but the reality is, I will most likely need my day job for the foreseeable future. 

I recently lost some business because my Facebook page was populated by stuff - pictures, posts etc about my literary career. People can be fickle. Perhaps I was naive to think that my clients might find it interesting. Boy as I wrong.

I am thinking that I would create a new Authors Facebook page, but then I started to think about it. Who is going to jump onto that platform? I think Facebook is for friends. I have decided to keep all but the most pertinent literary info. on Blogs, my Authors website #christopherbowron.com, Amazon and Goodreads. (Sorry for the hashtag, just had to do it.)  

I wonder who else has had this sort of problem? You have to promote the heck out of a book to succeed, but does it have to be to the detriment of your alter life?  
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