Here’s the fiction bestseller list for October (reflecting sales in the month of August). Notice again how many novels are ranked for the Top Fifty List. (The first number is ranking on the fiction bestseller list, and the number in parentheses is the Top Fifty ranking.) Twelve this time. Last month, if I remember right, it was sixteen. Seems like only a year ago or so that merely the top two or three made the Top Fifty List. I know other factors can be involved, but one factor has to be that fiction is selling in higher numbers.
1 (2) Found Karen Kingsbury, Tyndale, p
2 (14) Night Light Terri Blackstock, Zondervan, p
3 (16) The Copper Scroll Joel Rosenberg, Tyndale, c
4 (22) The Bishop's Daughter Wanda Brunstetter, Barbour, p
5 (23) Leave a Candle Burning Lori Wick, Harvest House, p
6 (25) Like Dandelion Dust Karen Kingsbury, Center Street (Hachette), p
7 (28) The Ezekiel Option Joel Rosenberg, Tyndale, p
8 (32) Redeeming Love Francine Rivers, Multnomah (WaterBrook), p
9 (33) The Prophet Francine Rivers, Tyndale, c
10 (37) House Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker, WestBow (Nelson), c
11 (45) Last Light Terri Blackstock, Zondervan, p
12 (46) The Englisher Beverly Lewis, Bethany House, p
13 A Promise for Ellie Lauraine Snelling, Bethany House, p
14 The Rapture Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins, Tyndale, c
15 Under the Northern Lights Tracie Peterson, Bethany House, p
16 The Witness Dee Henderson, Tyndale, p
17 One Tuesday Morning/Beyond Tuesday Morning Karen Kingsbury, Zondervan, p
18 Moolight on the Millpond Lori Wick, Harvest House, p
19 Even Now Karen Kingsbury, Zondervan, p
20 Beyond Tuesday Morning Karen Kingsbury, Zondervan, p
Last May we looked at the bestseller lists—how they’re put together, and based on what sales numbers. You can review that multiple-day topic by going to the May 2006 archives and starting at the May 3rd post.
Last week Jason posted this on the comments page:
I had a question that might be a touchy one to answer. I look at the limited opportunities to have books published, and then I see a fiction title by [a well known person who’s not a writer], WITH the help of 3 other writers . . . What do you think about celebrities "writing" novels and them getting published just due to the name? I know this happens in the ABA as well.
So, BGs--How would you answer?
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