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Released Soon - Michelle Moran's The Heretic Queen

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Postby michellemoran » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 7:24 pm

Oh wow, Elizabeth - I wish!! I can't tell you the number of phone calls I've had with other American authors who can't get their sales numbers or even a print run. I understand why the publishers do it, but it really puts the author at a disadvantage when it comes time to promoting and marketing their own work. I have been very lucky in my editors, who have always provided me with sales numbers when I ask (which I don 't try to do too often). But I know of authors whose emails just go unanswered if they request their figures, or who are told over the phone, "I'll have to get back to you," never to hear anything again.

And the UK's system of smaller hardcover runs makes a lot of sense. The paperbacks are where the real sales are. I don't know why my UK publisher even bothers with hardcovers. Possibly for the reviews?

We need to adopt the open UK system.

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Postby EC2 » Thu October 2nd, 2008, 7:36 pm

"Oh wow, Elizabeth - I wish!! I can't tell you the number of phone calls I've had with other American authors who can't get their sales numbers or even a print run. I understand why the publishers do it, but it really puts the author at a disadvantage when it comes time to promoting and marketing their own work. I have been very lucky in my editors, who have always provided me with sales numbers when I ask (which I don 't try to do too often). But I know of authors whose emails just go unanswered if they request their figures, or who are told over the phone, "I'll have to get back to you," never to hear anything again.

And the UK's system of smaller hardcover runs makes a lot of sense. The paperbacks are where the real sales are. I don't know why my UK publisher even bothers with hardcovers. Possibly for the reviews?"


I don't know if everyone is as open in the UK as Sphere, but the figures are out there for everyone to see providing they can add up a few weeks' worth of sales from the trade press. The small UK print runs are based on what goes into libraries, collectors editions and the needs of the keen readers, plus some reader who will only buy in paperback. And perhaps a few Christmas present and birthday copies. Yes, and for reviews. Basically that's it and it doesn't add up to a hill of beans. When I was first published in 1990, Bernard Cornwell had recently brought out a new novel - don't remember its title, but it was top of the hardcover bestseller chart with 2,000 copies sold that week. And since most of the sales are in the first month and everyone else had sold less.......
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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