When I was in publishing, a NYT best seller was listed before it had even been written. Of course none of the major newspapers carried the story about the gaff. Among the independent publishers the story made the rounds but then we already knew publishing was as much political and who each publisher courted which book reviewer to get their books ranked at the top of everyone's list. Lavish vacations, no expenses, and other great things for those who review books was normal.You probably won't read about the latest smooze on the NYT best seller list in any newspaper so allow me to clue you in to the politics of publishing.
Her book, which was published April 2, is number 1,030 on Amazon’s list of top sellers and has only three reviews on the site. It similarly ranks 1,244 on Barnes and Noble where signed copies are being sold for less than the suggested retail for unsigned copies.
Money and politics might not buy happiness but it sure can buy you a spot on the NYT Best Seller list. And you thought writing a great story and selling a million copies was what did it? Silly writers!