Where’s the Diversity? The NY Times Top 10 Bestsellers List
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Four self-published authors will have a total of seven novels on the New York Times ebook bestseller list this weekend, and the founder of self-publishing powerhouse Smashwords is predicting the number is only going to grow. The highest-ranking self-published author on the 5 August NYT chart is Colleen Hoover, whose ebook Slammed "A girl falls in love with a neighbour who enjoys slam poetry, but they encounter obstacles" comes in in eighth place, ahead of ebooks by established bestsellers James Patterson and Karin Slaughter. The title chart is dominated, as it has been for much of the summer, by EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy — itself originally published as fan fiction. Self-published ebook authors are landing on the New York Times bestseller list in a big way [and] lightning struck multiple times this week," said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords — which worked with all four of the authors to publish or distribute their ebooks — on his blog. A year ago, it was unheard of. A year from now, it'll be more commonplace. Flashy advertisements really don't mean anything to most avid readers.
The NYT list, especially the top 10 or top 15, is really rarefied territory, though. It just takes an immense amount of distribution and exposure to get on the list. CY : They encourage my writing, but not necessarily as a career, and I think in some ways that is just realistic of them. They overcame a lot, sacrificed a lot, to give me opportunities here, and the odds are just so heavily against having enough success in the arts to make it viable as a livelihood, that I really understand. I would imagine I was not the only one. Do you think part of the problem of why there is a lack of diversity among authors of adult fiction is because immigrant families tend to steer their children away from jobs in entertainment and toward stable jobs such as doctors and lawyers? CY : I have Asian American friends and acquaintances in a wide range of fields who have or have not made certain kinds of choices, have or have not pursued careers in arts, entertainment, or other creative fields, who are currently in all different kinds of situations professionally, and their parents and circumstances and decisions have varied all over the map.