A Numbers Game

Publishing is a numbers game. When a book is published, nobody really knows how many copies it will sell. They might be able to guess a rough figure during its first six months of sales, especially if the author has a track record. (Dan Brown will probably sell one or two copies when his new one comes out next month.)

But it always astounds me how my little gift book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human, first published in September 2003, continues to sell today.

Add in sales of a special edition (with a different ISBN) and eBook sales, and the total figure for this title now exceeds 267,000. Gulp.

That means there are a lot of dogs out there who are now training their human. I only hope the humans realise. But I thank all those humans for buying this many copies. It’s what makes a writer’s dream come true.

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