More Depressing News about Bestsellers Lists

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Previously, we blogged about wealthy authors paying tens of thousands of dollars to make their books bestsellers.

But what happens if your book moves all those copies the good old-fashioned way, no cheating involved? Patrick Wensink, whose novel Broken Piano for President outsold even the Hunger Games books during its week atop the bestsellers lists, breaks it down for us:

But the truth is, there’s a reason most well-known writers still teach English…It’s not because we’ve chosen a life of poverty. It’s that poverty has chosen our profession. Even when there’s money in writing, there’s not much money.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →