If your biggest complaint in 2017 is that your book sold a bunch of copies but wasn’t included in the New York Times best-seller list, I feel like you’re doing okay for yourself. You’re in a better place than most people. But that’s still no reason not to complain, obviously.
A company that publishes books by Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter and other conservative authors says it wants nothing to do anymore with The New York Times and its best-seller list.
Regnery Publishing said on Monday it will no longer recognize the Times’ accounting of book sales, meaning its writers can no longer claim to be “New York Times best-selling authors…”
“Our goal is that the lists reflect authentic best sellers,” Times spokesman Jordan Cohen said. “The political views of authors have no bearing on our rankings, and the notion that we would manipulate the lists to exclude books for political reasons is simply ludicrous.”
A likely story. The NYT excludes books for political reasons all the time. For example, my latest book — I’m Right About Everything, Which You’d Realize If You Weren’t So Stupid — still isn’t on the NYT best-seller list. Okay, fair enough, I haven’t actually written it, or any other book. And if I did, nobody would buy it. But still. Not fair!
Hang in there, Laura. Stay strong, Mark. Keep your chin up, Ann. Somehow you’ll just need to muddle through without the approval of the New York Times.