Indie Publisher with 4 New York Times Bestsellers Simultaneously

Check out the accomplishment of Sourcebooks Trade: 4 simultaneous New York Times bestselling books! That’s something few publishers accomplish and, as far as I know, Sourcebooks is the first indie publisher to have four bestsellers at the same time in four different categories: middle grade non-fiction, children’s picture book, nonfiction hardcover, and fiction hardcover.

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by American Test Kitchen Kids (59 weeks on the Middle Grade bestseller list)

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by American Test Kitchen Kids


How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton (20 weeks on the children’s picture book bestseller list)

How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton


Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (2 weeks on the nonfiction hardcover bestseller list)

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (13 weeks on the fiction hardcover bestseller list)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson


Congratulations to Sourcebooks of Naperville, Illinois, for being the first indie publisher to have four books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time. A fantastic accomplishment.

Now, who’s going to be the second indie publisher to make this happen!


Note: A self-publisher had his children’s book on two New York Times bestseller lists at the same time. And that was back when Harry Potter books were dominating the list! I wrote about his feat in 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Real World Edition.

The data from the NYT bestseller lists was as of early June 2020. I’m sure some of those books are still on the NYT list!

About John Kremer

John Kremer is author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, the Relationships Matter Marketing program, and many other books and reports on book marketing, Internet marketing, social media, and book publicity. -- .

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