Who Else Wants To Know How Many Copies Novels Actually Sell?

Summary

Predicting book sales is difficult. Looking at the data from the 2010 Man Booker Prize shortlist to research and draw conclusions about the sales of non-best seller titles, the article concludes that book sales are almost impossible to predict and that a novel will likely sell fewer copies than a writer thinks. Being realistic with expectations is recommended; talking to an agent or publisher about expected sales is also suggested.

Excerpt
SOURCE: A Writer’s Path

“The problem is that this is an almost impossible question to answer. It is commonly quoted that the vast majority of books published each year will sell less than 1000 copies. Yet, even this magic 1000 per year is a misleading figure. Many of the books that sell sub-1000 come and go with no marketing, no budget and, to be honest, no expectation.”

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