why is every author a #1 bestselling author
The NYT Best seller’s list is a weekly thing. 52 weeks a year, with 18 categories, which list 15 books each ( with another ten runner up books).
Meaning that each week there is the possibility of 270 new “best selling” authors.
Multiply that by weeks in a year and its 14,040 potential best selling authors a year.
Multiply that by a small and completely reasonable amount of time for a writer to have a career: 5 years? 70,200. 10 years? 140400 new authors.
Yeah, that’s shit math because lots of books remain on the NYTBS list for ages (like The Book Thief which was on there for like 200-ish weeks), and I’m pretty sure authors can have more than one book on there at a time. Which cuts down the authors per category.
That’s 14,040 potential best selling authors a year.
That is more people than currently live on one of the Polynesian Islands.
THat is why it seems like “every author” is a 1# bestselling author.