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Top Best-Selling Authors in New York Times History

Whether you are a business owner, a speaker or a full-time author, being able to call yourself a best-seller dramatically increases your credibility. But what exactly does that mean?

To become a bestseller, you must appear on a best-seller list. Of course, The New York Times is one of the most famous of these lists, but there are many others, including ABA IndieBound (ABA), Barnes & Noble (BAN), Publishers Weekly (PBW), The Boston Globe (BOS), USA Today (USA), The Denver Post (DPO), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), The Los Angeles Times (LAT) (WAL),, and

The New York Times bestseller list is different from other ranking list. It’s a different metrics system. No one knows exactly how this is compiled, but large publishers know certain things about getting onto the list, and that’s why you find many of the large publishers’ books on there. It is a well-known fact among publishers that the New York Times gets its book sales data from a scattered few bookstores (like the Nielsen’s) and it doesn’t take into account the actual sales of the books (which does in order to rank). But how many books were shipped to these particular sampling of stores in anticipation of sales?

Below are some best-selling writers on the New York Times list over the years:

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Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the No. 1 New York Times, Globe and Mail best-selling author who penned the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger, the Agatha Award (5x) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers includes Dangerous Games, The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, The Apartment, Property of a Nobelwoman, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light (the story of her son Nick Triana’s life and death), A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless, Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love and the Children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

Helen Hardt

New York times and USA Today best-selling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

Sue Grafton

New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and in 26 languages-including Estonian, Bulgarian and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. Like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America (1009) and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award (2004).

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University, She moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, a press officer, and is the internationally best-selling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and the recent one The Lying Game (July 2017). She is married with two children.



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