Category: The Numbers Behind Bestsellers

And the Blockbusting Author of the 1990s was…. an emerging writer!

We move from the 1980s to the 1990s, when it was a little easier to sell your books… but only marginally. “Where’s John Grisham?” was one comment I got regarding my post on how few authors reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list in the 1980s. The answer? Lying in the long grass, waiting to own the…

Only 33.5 Authors wrote Bestsellers in the 1980s. Fact

It’s Reeling in the Years time. First stop, those big-haired, blockbusting 1980s. You may not know this yet, but book sales were remarkably different in the ’80s.  (I know, because I’ve charted the last 3 decades already into earth-shatteringly revealing, multicoloured pies, and I don’t mind telling you, I haven’t been this excited by data since checking my Santa…

Self-publishing and e-publishing ——The authors are revolting!

Revolting, I tell you! Depending on who’s talking – author or print publisher – it could have either meaning. This whole publishing lark has opened up. A quick look at the bestseller lists from recent years, following the e-book revolution, shows it. People are reading different stuff nowadays. Whether it’s because they’re finally able to get what they…