The Sacramento Bee looked at how books get on various best seller lists. The article says, in part, ”What else moves a title to the lists? Distribution to media of advance copies for pre-publication buzz, author interviews and tours (which include appearances and book-signings at bookstores and libraries, and for programs such as The Bee Book Club), and popularity among reading groups.”
The first book Lis Wiehl and I had together, Face of Betrayal, was on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks back.
I know one thing for sure. When I die, my obituary will begin, “New York Times-bestselling author April Henry...”