Sold well, seriously?I didn't love Redshirts, but it sold well, and the TV rights have since been acquired. And Scalzi is someone who not only earns out his advances, but sells incredibly well after the first printing--I understand that the Old Man's War series in particular acts as a sort of "gateway" series for a lot of new science fiction readers, and is one of the best sellers in Tor's back catalogue.
I do not either, but if 50 000 copies a week is what you have to move just to get on the NY Times Bestseller list then those numbers sound quite modest by comparison.I have no idea, but it isn't really relevant, as MWagner merely claimed that it had sold well.
It looks like it had.
Indeed, I really do not think that I denied that 80 000 books sold in about a year is bad achievement for a novice, can you point me to the post where you saw such a claim?If you or I were to be selling 80,000 books in less than two thirds of a year, I wouldn't be calling those sales 'modest'.
You, obviously, hold yourself to higher standards.
& as a "novice", i'd go wild for 80k sales in seven months (project upwards for your actual year, obviously).Science fiction books often sell more in paperback. I won’t mind if that’s true here, too.
Which would be relevant to this discussion how?Indeed, I really do not think that I denied that 80 000 books sold in about a year is bad achievement for a novice, can you point me to the post where you saw such a claim?
Oh, I see.no, certainly not, chap, although as an organiser of events and a regular con-goer over the last few years, i do know more than a couple of established genre authors each with a dozen books behind them. without wishing to put words in their mouths, i think they would be more than satisfied with such sales numbers, particularly if they were in the position - as Scalzi himself was - where said book had already earned out its advance.
I'm not.Oh, are you nd chopper per chance established science fiction writers with a dozen books behind you?
Two points. Firstly, that's $262,000 per book over the whole period in which it's in print, not a year. I bought a copy of Old Man's War a few months back (26/02/2015, to be precise). It was first published in 2005, i.e. ten years ago. Second: in my calendar, a year is twelve months. The sales figures in question relate to less than eight months (61% of a year, to be more precise).I still wonder if 262 thousand per book is justified when you consider that the writer's last prominent book sold 80 thousand in about a year.