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Monday, January 15, 2007

The average sales volume to make the best seller list...

Sounds like an easy question, right?

I realized the other day that I have no idea what kind of sales volume it takes for a book to hit a best seller list. I thought I'd just do a few searches and get at least a general or average figure - no dice though. I can't seem to find an answer. Do any of you know?

I did find some interesting bits of information though:

In 2005, Christine Feehan's Dark Secret, Nora Robert's Northern Lights, Anne Coulter's Blowout, and Amanda Quick's Wait Until Midnight all had between 500,000 and 2 million copies in print.

In 2006, Nora Robert's two books of her new trilogy, Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence each had a first print of 2.5 million copies each.

In 2006, Publisher's Weekly looked at Jane Friedman's nine-year history with HarperCollins. In that timeframe she increased HC from $737 million to 1.32 billion with profit increase from 12 million to 167 million. - That's a significant profit growth.

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Anonymous damien said...

Interesting stats. i have an idea for a book, but it's a niche book and non-fiction. Some days I get ill-motivated because of the stats you are talking about. Isn't there a big market though for niche stuff? And you can probably make a good deal of money off a book that isn't on the Bestseller's list? Or am I wrong there. Anyway, great post.

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