You’re A Bestselling Author? Prove It!

“When can you use ‘Bestselling Author’ on your book covers and in press? I recently posed this question to one of the writer’s groups of which I am a member.

I was not expecting the amount of discussion this question ignited. Many authors feel that you should not consider yourself a bestselling author until The New York Times or USA Today makes it known first. This is in reaction to everyone, her brother and dog reaching the top 10 in Amazon, in one sub-category or another and feeling this allows them rights to the coveted ‘Bestselling Author’ title.

The New York Times and USA Today both encourage authors to use their names in conjunction with their much ballyhooed prefix and why the heck wouldn’t you? After all, they are the Academy Awards of authorship! When you see ‘Bestselling Author’ on a cover, sans their vaunted monikers, you assume that the author is not referencing the rank of NYT or USA Today.

Which brings us back to the question, ‘What makes a bestselling author?’ What if said, ‘Bestselling Author,’ is referring to the fact that she sold more books than any other at the Poughkeepsie Pie House and Book Sale? How in the world does that make Myrtle Mahoney a bestselling author?”

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