Writers Block

Glenn Lucke at the Common Grounds Online Blog has an interesting summary of a Chris Anderson piece from publishers weekly:

Would-Be Writers:

  • Statistics on Books Sales in the US 950,000 titles out of 1.2 million tracked by Nielsen Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies
  • Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies
  • Only 25,000 sold more than 5,000 copies
  • The average book in America sells about 500 copies
  • Only 10 books sold more than a million copies
  • Fewer than 500 sold more than 100,000
  • Nearly 200,000 new titles are published each year

Do remind me to never try and write a book. Need to stick to blogging for my audience of 4 (yep, I am more popular every day!). These stats do look unreasonably bleak, but I suppose they match the long-tail distribution.

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