Bestseller Lists & What Actually Matters When Writing a Book

Most authors aspire to make "one of those bestseller lists" – the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or USA Today. But what happens if you don't? Is the book a complete failure?

My previous book, Will It Fly, became a Wall Street Journal Bestseller after the first week, so I had expected Superfans, my new book launched 3 years after Will It Fly, to do just as well, if not, better.

In this video, I explore what it means to write a bestselling book, and what happens when things don't go according to plan – and the true purpose and reason why we should be writing books.

A big thank you to everyone who helped support Superfans! It continues to spread in all kinds of surprising ways (it was recently featured on the homepage of ProductHunt, for example!) and I'm so thankful for all the amazing comments and reviews that are coming in.

If you have yet to get the book, you can grab it here on Amazon (affiliate link):

And here's a link to my previous book, Will It Fly:

Remember that there are human beings on the other end of your books, your products, and your platforms – and it's for them that you create, and the better you can serve them, the more likely your creation is to soar. Cheers, thanks again for the support, and #TeamFlynnfortheWin!


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    22 Responses to Bestseller Lists & What Actually Matters When Writing a Book

    1. Nichole Schlegel September 6, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

      Thank you Pat!

    2. Nichole Schlegel September 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

      Wow 3 years! You have done so many things in 3 years

    3. Nathaniel Nord September 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm #


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    6. Novella Bobo September 6, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

      Are there worksheets or can it work in Kindle?

    7. Novella Bobo September 6, 2019 at 10:02 pm #


    8. Aaron Ward September 6, 2019 at 10:09 pm #

      Congrats on the launch pat. Video lighting looks great too! Video on that soon? 😉

      • Mirza Rashed September 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm #

        hi you form usa?

    9. Book Launchers September 6, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

      Ha! So glad I watched until the end – those bloopers made me feel better because you did that book spin SOOOOO well so it’s good to see that wasn’t the first take. Congrats on a great book launch …and with that list you don’t really know what did or did not happen to not make it.

    10. Brian G Johnson TV September 6, 2019 at 11:23 pm #

      Nice work Pat! Love the title.

    11. Jose Stein Guerrero September 7, 2019 at 12:20 am #

      Its an awesome book! I been reading and loving It.

    12. Penguin and Pear Dressmaking September 7, 2019 at 12:24 am #

      I’m also wondering about Audible?

    13. Natural Pics and Videos September 7, 2019 at 3:19 am #

      Hey Pat,is your Switchpod still there to buy?

      • Pat Flynn September 7, 2019 at 5:42 am #

        Natural Pics and Videos Yes! At or on BandH Photo! Thank you!

      • Natural Pics and Videos September 7, 2019 at 6:22 am #

        @Pat Flynn Hey Pat,thanks for all that you do.
        You have inspired me to take action in life.
        I am working in a book.I had an idea and your video on chunking ideas on post it notes was a great help.
        Am yet to complete the rough draft.
        I’m afraid that I’d be sued if I quote something written by an another writer.
        How can I safely so it without facing dire consequences?
        How do I give credit to them in a legit manner?
        Do I have to get a written approval or shoot a mail to them.
        Thanks Pat.

    14. Hector Manuel Elias Oliver September 7, 2019 at 4:10 am #

      I tried to purchase Superfans through audible, but couldn’t find it. Will it be uploaded sometime?

      Can’t wait to get ahold of it!

    15. Cher Larrabee September 7, 2019 at 4:53 am #

      New subscriber and just bought your book. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks!

    16. Mr Influencer September 7, 2019 at 5:22 am #

      Awesome bro awesome

    17. Homeschool Pick n Mix September 7, 2019 at 9:04 am #

      I love reading your books, and actually just recommended both Will It Fly and Superfans to a friend about 5 minutes ago!

      I love your writing style!

    18. Anneli Schmidt September 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

      I just ordered your book and can’t wait to for it to arrive!

      I’m a nurse living with a HUGE Alzheimer’s legacy in my family. Right now my mom is in the end stages of this disease. Even though I’m a nurse… which was my calling, I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart. I’ve had many side business that have been great ideas, and some even got to the point of seeing some success. They never really became anything, and then I see other since my efforts, start and succeed with the same idea. My question always has been – I have these great ideas, but why can’t I make them work and others do.

      I’m hoping your book will shed some light on what’s going on with me. Also, I now have pinpointed my next endeavour, a passion project to help educate others. I want to teach about what I have learned and what I’m doing to make sure the Alzheimer’s gene isn’t activated in me. I want to educate others in the same situation as I am that there is hope and share the increasing amounts of evidenced-based research on this subject. I don’t know yet how I will make a business out of it… but, that is my plan. Looking forward to reading your book!

    19. J. Paul Hendricks September 7, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

      Lol.. nice one. I totally fell for that opening. Congrats! Keep up the good work.

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