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Speaking of NYT Bestseller List

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STATUS: Frustrated!

What’s playing on the iPod right now? AFRICA by Toto

I have to admit that I was a little too distracted this morning to actually work because I was online attempting to buy Colorado Rockies World Series tickets instead. The tickets were only available for sale via the web.

And now they’ve just posted a press release stating that because there were 8.5 million hits to the website, it went down in about 15 minutes and only 500 lucky buyers were actually able to purchase tickets.

I should apologize to all my clients right now that I did indeed waste 2 futile hours trying to buy tickets…


As for the Surrey Writers Conference genre lunch, it was a hoot and an absolute blast. Everyone at my table said “of course chick lit is dead.” Old news (those Surrey Writers are so savvy!) and we ended up chatting about all sorts of great topics. Truly a delight.

And since we’ve just been talking about New York Times Bestseller lists, I saw this article today about that very same subject. Not sure it sheds too much more light on the subject but it is interesting.

From tidbits from the article by Clark Hoyt:
“THE New York Times best-seller list is a powerful and mysterious institution that both reports and drives the sales of books around the nation…”

“One of the first things I learned is that much of what the publishing world thinks it knows about the list is wrong or out of date…”

“Another misconception is that booksellers are surveyed only on a list of titles determined by publishers’ shipments, keeping “sleeper” books — distributed in smaller numbers — off the list…”

4 Responses

  1. beckymotew said:

    Hey Kristin,

    I have not a prayer of World Series tickets here. Guess I’ll have to start paying attention to the Rockies….we’ve been too busy subduing Cleveland.

    See how nicely women act in these situations? No trash talking…Red Sox will win, though.


  2. ~Nancy said:

    I was wondering about that, Kristin. 😉

    Go Colorado! (Although I fear Boston will win).

    As a Yankees fan (please keep your hissing to a minimum ;-)), there’s no way I’d ever root for Boston.

  3. joanr16 said:

    I have friends in both Denver and Boston, and zero interest in professional sports, so I say, “Go everybody!” I can see why you’d want to be there for the Rockies’ first trip to the Series, though. I hope you get to go.

    So now we know what the NYT list is not, but did Mr. Hoyt uncover any of its deep dark secrets?