Thinking of writing a book? Check out these stats from an article by Chris Anderson in the July 17 issue of Publishers Weekly. In 2004:

• 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

Speaking of books, the winner of my drawing for The Angel is Erica Aguilera. Congrats, Erica!

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  • Svigel says:

    Painfully . . . er . . . encouraging.

    This explains why the small Christian publisher that picked up my pre-teen fantasy adventure book assured me about three different ways, “You’re not going to make any money on this book.”

    At one point in our dinner meeting the publisher asked me what my dream job was—what would I love to be doing in five years. When I said my dream is to teach the Bible in Germany, he was relieved. He said something along the lines of, “Good. I was afraid you might say you wanted to be a best-selling author!”

    Thanks, Sandi!

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