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Released Soon - Michelle Moran's The Heretic Queen

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Susan
Bibliomaniac
Location: New Jersey, USA

Postby Susan » Wed September 17th, 2008, 10:54 pm

My copy arrived today! Congrats, Michelle! I can't wait to start reading it!
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diamondlil
Bibliomaniac

Postby diamondlil » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 1:02 am

Congrats to Michelle, whose book The Heretic Queen, has gone back for a second printing! Way to go Michelle!
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Divia
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Location: Always Cloudy, Central New York

Postby Divia » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 2:34 am

That rocks!

How many copies is a first printing?
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michellemoran
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Postby michellemoran » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 3:17 am

Thank you, Diamondlil! Thank you, Divia!!!!

Divia, I'd love to answer your question, but sales figures and print runs are jealously guarded in the publishing industry. Ask almost any author and they'll tell you that getting numbers out of an editor is like asking a cat to go for a walk. Practically impossible (although with some coaxing and the right feline the possibility does exist)!

My first print run is certainly in the tens of thousands since I sold out my first (and probably most of the second) run for the hardcover of Nefertiti. Sometimes, publishers fib to authors about their print runs, and they almost always fib to the media, inflating the number by as much as 80% if they want to spread buzz! It's a strange, strange industry with its own set of unspoken rules. But the truth eventually comes out, if not to the public, then to to author who gets a royalty statement every six months.
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Carine
Compulsive Reader
Currently reading: Jonkvrouw - Jean-Claude Van Ryckeghem
Interest in HF: I love history
Favorite HF book: Can't pin that down to only 1 :-)
Preferred HF: Medieval, Tudor and Ancient Egyptian
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Postby Carine » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 5:43 am

Great news Michelle !!! Congratulations !!! Image

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 7:08 am

Congratulations, Michelle.
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Divia
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Location: Always Cloudy, Central New York

Postby Divia » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 11:10 am

Well I'd like to think the numers arent fibbed about and that your book is burning up the charts :D
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Leyland
Bibliophile
Location: Travelers Rest SC

Postby Leyland » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 1:37 pm

Such great news about your Heretic Queen's second printing already, Michelle. I guess the copy I'm waiting for right now from Amazon is a first run, yay!

btw - cats love to be asked to go for walks, they just politely request that the leash be left behind ;)

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LCW
Compulsive Reader
Location: Southern California

Postby LCW » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 3:56 pm

Congratulations, Michelle! That's so great! Well deserved too!
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Books to the sky,
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How I love them! How I need them!
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EC2
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Location: Nottingham UK
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Postby EC2 » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 7:03 pm

"michellemoran" wrote:Thank you, Diamondlil! Thank you, Divia!!!!

Divia, I'd love to answer your question, but sales figures and print runs are jealously guarded in the publishing industry. Ask almost any author and they'll tell you that getting numbers out of an editor is like asking a cat to go for a walk. Practically impossible (although with some coaxing and the right feline the possibility does exist)!

My first print run is certainly in the tens of thousands since I sold out my first (and probably most of the second) run for the hardcover of Nefertiti. Sometimes, publishers fib to authors about their print runs, and they almost always fib to the media, inflating the number by as much as 80% if they want to spread buzz! It's a strange, strange industry with its own set of unspoken rules. But the truth eventually comes out, if not to the public, then to to author who gets a royalty statement every six months.


That's interesting Michelle. (congrats on reprint btw :) ) In the UK and with my publisher I know exactly what my print runs are and exactly how many copies are sold each week. Around publication time they update me with regular reports as a matter of routine. Copies of sales are shown in the trade papers such as The Bookseller using Nielsen Bookscan POS technology, so there's no getting away with fibbing the figures. Hardcover print runs are much smaller than UK print runs - in fact miniscule in comparison if you are selling hardcovers in the tens of thousands. That just doesn't happen in the UK. Hardcover print runs in the UK start at less than 2,000 and do not go much above 10,000 even for a mega-selling author. I've certainly never reached that figure in hardcover, although paperback is a different animal entirely. 10,000 in paperback would immediately put an author on the skids but 10,000 in hardcover is better than fantastic.
I do think the public tend to receive a skewed idea of the kind of income an author earns though - courtesy of J.K. Rowling and Philippa Gregory and the like!
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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