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, [amazon_textlink asin=’034086236X’ text=’One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’simonwhaley-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’9a154aca-a3c9-11e7-9609-cdd4a009346b’], 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.