Happy Monday and welcome to the Open Book Blog Hop. This week my fellow authors and I share information and results from a survey we've developed. I've released a couple of Reader based surveys intended to measure Reader interest/opinion on a range of topics but decided this week it would be fun to examine the reading preferences of my fellow authors. And in particular, their thoughts about books that have made it to the New York Times Best Seller List. I hope you enjoy my little informal poll as much as I did when organizing it. Thanks to all my author friends and colleagues who participated and shared their thoughts.
Purpose of my Indie Author Poll
Why the New York Times List? Most published authors--traditional, Indie, and hybrid-- are aware of and recognize the significance of having a book included on this prestigious list. As an author myself, making it to this list...would not only be a feather in my cap but would affirm 1. The overall quality of my writing, 2. Reader/audience interest in the topic of my book and willingness to purchase it and, 3. An exceptional volume of sales. So why not aim for the top?
This Poll was intended to seek the opinions of authors in my Face book circle of friends and other author groups regarding their favorite NY Times List authors and what they like about their nominee's writing. As a part of this mini-research project, I thought it would be fun/interesting to provide some summary info as well.
How are NYT Rankings Compiled/Data Obtained?
"Rankings reflect unit sales reported on a confidential basis by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. Every week, thousands of diverse selling locations report their actual sales on hundreds of thousands of individual titles. The panel of reporting retailers is comprehensive and reflects sales in stores of all sizes and demographics across the United States.
The appearance of a ranked title reflects the fact that sales data from reporting vendors has been provided to The Times and has satisfied commonly accepted industry standards of universal identification (such as ISBN13 and EISBN13 codes).actions by individuals during the period on or after the official publication date of a title. Institutional, special interest, group or bulk purchases, if and when they are included, are at the discretion of The New York Times Best-Seller List Desk editors based on standards for inclusion that encompass proprietary vetting and audit protocols, corroborative reporting and other statistical determinations. When included, such bulk purchases appear with a dagger (†).
Publishers and vendors of all ranked titles must conform in a timely fashion to The New York Times Best-Seller Lists requirement to allow for examination and independent corroboration of their reported sales for that week. Sales are statistically weighted to represent and accurately reflect all outlets proportionally nationwide. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above."
NOTE: As described by the New York Times.
Non-statistical selection of Facebook/other Authors who I asked the following questions (Selected authors were from a range of genres):
1. Who is your favorite NY Times Best Selling Author?
Summary of Indie Author Results
# Indie Author Participants 22
# Female NYT Authors Nominated by Author Participants 14
# Male NYT Authors Nominated by Author Participants 8
# African American NYT Authors Nominated by Author Participants : 2
Authors nominated by more than one author: Stephen King and Elizabeth Phillips
NYT List Authors--Oprah's Book Club Picks: Tawni O'Dell, Liane Moriarty
Contemporary Romance 1
Contemporary Fiction 1
General Fiction/Rural/Small Town 1
Historical Fiction 1
Humor and Satire 1
Literary Fiction/Psychological 1
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense 6
Romance/Paranormal/Science Fiction 1
Science Fiction/Fantasy 2
Women's/Romance Fiction 2
World Literature 1
Basis Given for Selected NYT Author
Author writes in favorite genre
Character development and creativity
Likes the Nominee's series
Books were read with her mother/sentimental, personal tie to the author
Dark settings, family secrets, compelling characters
Characters, setting and family development, witty
Rich character development,
A model for the Author's books Great characters, stories, rye humor
Multi-dimensional characters, ethical underpinnings
"He's the best writer ever"
"Never fails to grab you with the first page"
"Rich detail, empathetic to her characters"
Writes tomes/Great historical research
MOST MENTIONED SELECTION CRITERIA
Compelling dark settings
OF THE AUTHORS NOMINATED IN THE POLL, THE FOLLOWING TWO AUTHORS/BOOKS ARE BOTH INCLUDED IN LAST WEEK'S NY TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS
2 Weeks on the NY Times Best Seller List
#2 A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.
#20 Top 100 Amazon Authors
13 Weeks on the NY Times Best Seller List
#9 Three students at a sleazy for-profit law school hope to expose the student-loan banker who runs it.
#47 Top 100 Authors
Thank you for stopping by this week. I hope you enjoyed this discussion. Don't forget to visit the other Open Book Blog authors and check out the results of their polls.. See you next time. Would love to know if you have a favorite NY Times Best Selling Author and what you like about the writer's book(s).