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What Makes You A Bestselling Author? What Makes You A Bestselling Author?
I’m a bestselling author. Never thought that would happen. I never even thought my book would get published to begin with – let alone... What Makes You A Bestselling Author?

I’m a bestselling author. Never thought that would happen. I never even thought my book would get published to begin with – let alone hit the #1 spot on the bestseller list. But what IS a best-selling author? How do you get onto that “prestigious” list? Let’s have a closer look about what makes you a bestselling author.

The reality is that becoming a bestselling author is relatively easy. At the very least, it’s much easier than it used to be. In the past, publishing a book was for the lucky few – but thanks to the indie author revolution it’s something anyone can do. The key to a successful book is to have a system that you can follow and implement. Once you have the system, the definition becomes easy:

Any book that makes it into the Top 100 list at any online or offline bookstore.

Your Book on What Bestseller List?

How does that definition apply to your (upcoming) book? The definition is broad, widely used (and abused), and leaves a lot of room for interpretation. It could be:

  • Someone who sells 300-500 books in a day through online bookstores like Amazon and somehow manages to make the top 10
  • The only person who makes it to #1 on that list?
  • The independent author who sells their book from their own website and makes $10,000 in a few months
  • Someone who makes it onto a specific list… like the New York Times best seller list.

What does it mean for your book? It’s a tough call. But you can have it all if you follow a system. I share my system in my unique Write a Book in a Week program. It’s the exact approach I’ve followed to turn all books in my Freedom Project series into a bestseller. Easy. But you have to follow the system.

Trust The Process

Selling your book through an online or offline bookstore will mean less money for you upfront, but will provide you far more leverage in the long run. Personally, I’m not in the business of shipping books. I don’t like having a garage or basement full of books, even though selling your book from your own website and taking your own orders will mean far more money in the bank for you initially. You’ll have to work quite a bit harder on the back-end to get the recognition you deserve.

Unfortunately almost all self-publishing programs help to set you up with exactly that: a garage (or basement) full of books. Sure, the moment when the truck pulls up to your house to deliver your many-thousands of books is exciting, but sooner or rather that sinking question will hit you: now what. How do you get rid of them?

Don’t worry. Both ways can work. Neither way is right. It’s really what’s right for you. I cover both models (and a third publishing option) in my Write a Book in a Week program.

Make Your Book A Bestseller

Leverage attraction marketing to create extra income streams from a published book. Become a recognized authority in your field. This exclusive “sales mastery for authors” course shows you how to open them. Through engaging video and interactive exercises you’ll discover:

  • Often overlooked ways to profit from your book (even if you’re giving books away for free!), including a proven strategy for pre-selling your book and making money from it before it comes out.
  • Industry secrets on what it takes to appear on the Best Seller List, and clever ways to make your book interesting to the media and getting free exposure.
  • How to achieve your own dreams and life goals through your book.
Write a Book in a Week


Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at