I'm feeling a little bit out of sorts right about now. I'm sure I'm going to step on some toes and hurt some feelings, but oh well, the truth needs to be told. Quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of authors claiming to be "Best-selling Authors" when they haven't appeared on a single national bestsellers list. It's misleading to readers and insulting to authors who truly deserve to be called best-selling authors.
When authors appear on New York Times, USA Today, Essence, Publisher's Weekly or other national bestseller lists, those are distinctions that authors can boast about. And they should. Those authors are quick to state which list or lists they have appeared on because they can prove it. Great!
What's getting on my nerves is when self-published authors claim to be best-selling authors without stating the source to back up their claim. If they appeared on a bestseller's list at a local bookstore, Amazon.com, cushcity.com or someone's made up list, state that. Otherwise, it's misleading to just make a blanket statement about being a best-selling author.
What do you think?