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Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller, 1900-1999

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A book by Michael Korda

According to Korda (Country Matters, etc.), it was only in 1895 that someone Harry Thurston Peck of the Bookman published the first bestseller list, and that listed only fiction. PW ran the first nonfiction list 17 years later. Today, bestseller lists … see full wiki

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Author: Michael Korda
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books-Imports
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A Valuable Resource for Every Would-Be Book Author

  • May 10, 2006
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Here's a fascinating look at the bestseller lists from the last century from a true expert and long-time book editor, Michael Korda. I appreciated this cultural look at what makes the list.

In his introduction, Korda writes, "Despite the inherent suspicion on the part of authors that the list is manipulated by somebody, in fact it isn't controlled by publishers any more than it is by bookstores. Of course many of the books on it are reasonably predictable--particularly novels by big, established authors--but at least half of the books on any given week's bestseller list are there to the immense surprise and puzzlement of their publishersd."

See the hope for authors built into the information about bestseller lists? I often recommend this title to writers.

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