Friday, April 17, 2009

Bestseller Numbers

Lynn Viehl, who hit the NYT mass market bestseller list last year for the first time, shares her royalty statement, talks about the hard numbers of advance, royalty, sales and reserves, and discusses what was and wasn't done to make those bestselling numbers happen. I've never seen anyone do this before, so thanks to Lynn for being so open and sharing this stuff with the community.

Check it out -- there's some interesting info there.

Angie

11 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

that's such a cool thing to do! Thanks for posting the link,Angie. Also, you might want to check out Charles Gramlich's post for today.

Angie said...

WW -- no prob, it was so cool I just had to share. :) And thanks, I'm working on my blog reader and will probably get to Charles's latest entry in another 50-60 posts. [laugh/flail]

Angie

Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, no, I've never seen anyone do that before. cool.

Travis Erwin said...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

Charles and Travis -- welcome, guys. :)

Angie

laughingwolf said...

brilliant eye-opener, thx angie :)

Angie said...

LW -- isn't it great? :) Thanks to Lynn for sharing.

Angie

laughingwolf said...

indeed :)

Ello said...

I checked this out and thought it was amazing that she was so open about it! Good for her. If only more would be writers would see that and realize they weren't going to be millionaires from writing a book!!!

jennifer said...

Thank you so much for the return comment you left for me on Charles Gramlich's site in referrence to fan fiction. That was a wealth of information and I appreciate the time and effort you took to answer a question that I had.

I hope that you have had a great weekend Angie.

Angie said...

Ello -- definitely! It's good to show the newbies that no, not all writers are rich and not even all bestselling writers are rich. And it's also good for the more grounded writers to see some actuals, just to have something realistic to shoot for, plan around and generally ponder.

Jennifer -- you're very welcome. :D I've been mostly ignoring the internet while pushing to finish a novel, so sorry it took a while to get back to you. If you have any other questions about fanfic, though, feel free to write me at angiebenedetti at gmail dot com.

Angie