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Thanks for writing about this important issue, Kathleen.

I just wanted to let everyone know the Hot Sheet bestseller lists are free to everyone, no cost involved to view them. :)

Here's October 2023:

https://hotsheetpub.com/2023/11/october-2023-bestseller-lists/

November 2023 will be released on Wednesday at noon Eastern.

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There is writing and then there’s the business of writing. And from what you are describing much of it is not on the up and up. Well done post.

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So much truth. Few people realize that the 'best seller' lists should be renamed 'the books we want to push list.' Thanks, Kathleen.

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I would LOVE to have regional bestseller lists all up in my face instead of the NYT list. It would be so interesting to see what is selling well, where.

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Thank you so much for your transparency! This industry feels like a bank vault where only a selected few have access to the truth. The doggy photos are wonderful. It’s great to get to know more about Substack fellow via their fur babies :-)

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Love this so much. Jane is the perfect person to make this happen.

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Thank you for this interesting article, which almost begs the obvious question. How meaningful is a "best-seller" list when slick marketing can virtually propel a book onto the top ten, fifteen, or twenty-odd? Indeed, Alinka Rutkowska's Leaders Press has "guaranteed" authors that their works will be on a best-seller list. [At one time, the fee was as low as $5,000 plus a chapter of twenty or so pages.]

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Quite frankly it’s a bit odd how they are all ‘Sunday Times Best Sellers’ here - most people with intelligence smelt the proverbial rat. Anyway it is good to shine a light. Keep up the great work!

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The closest equivalent I can think of is the movie box office where you have reliable, daily updates on ticket sales. It's astounding to me how the data on book sales is so opaque and yet so much of the industry hinges upon that. Great article!

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The article is great the dog photos are SPECTACULAR.

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I really appreciate that you specifically focus on solutions in these posts. It will be interesting to see where things go. All of this, plus Goodreads getting rid of their children's books in the Goodreads choice awards has left the kid lit community feeling a bit at a loss lately.

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