Critical Linking: October 10th, 2013

 

Lego replica of Mark Twain’s house – at the Hartford airport…

At some point, there will be a Lego replica of everything that has ever existed.

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“We are so far from going away that it’s almost laughable”

Ok, so apparently B&N thinks the talk of the Nook’s demise is overblown.

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How then can a well-received book with a perfectly respectable marketing push sell so badly? I asked this question of my publisher and was told simply that this is the reality of ‘the market’. He reported that though there are always exceptions to the rule, at a meeting of Australian publishers and agents he had attended earlier this year, it was established that most books by ‘mid-list’ authors (a polite industry term for non-bestsellers) are struggling to sell 500-800 copies. Compared with these dire numbers, Fremantle Press were reasonably pleased with Whisky Charlie Foxtrot’s 1300 sales.

I think this is one thing that many folks looking to self-publish don’t understand. Most books just don’t sell all that much. At all. 

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Analyzing its ISBN data, Bowker counted more than 391,000 self-published titles in 2012–a 59 percent increase compared to the year before.

See above link.

 

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