Mark Terry

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Make Me A Bestseller!

July 25, 2007
The lovely and talented and wildly generous (yes, she gave me a great blurb for THE SERPENT'S KISS) Tess Gerritsen blogged on July 18th about how many copies sold in one week are necessary to become a bestseller. The number? Apparently 5,000.

So in the interest in, well, my self-interest, I urge all of you to rush out to your local bookstore, chain store, or Internet seller and quickly and eagerly purchase as many copies of THE SERPENT'S KISS as you can possibly afford. Then, give them to your friends and relatives. If they don't read or don't know how to read, tell them they can use them as drink coasters. Everybody needs drink coasters. Use them to prop up that wobbly table leg. Use them as kindling for your next camping trip. Hell, I don't care, you could even READ them.

Here's part of what Tess has to say:

My reaction to this number is sheer amazement that in a country this size, one can be a top-15 bestselling author by selling only 5,000 copies. My gosh, are we such disinterested readers? Is anyone in America reading books these days? When a mere 5,000 book buyers determine the TOP SELLERS in a country of 300 million people, the industry is in trouble. Hell, America is in trouble.

And Tess breaks down how many Toyota Camrys that sell in a week.

And here's some of my own data: TV ratings for three shows that run on cable:

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (a kids' show on, I think, Disney or Nickelodeon): 5,714,000

Monk (USA, right?): 4,820,000

Army Wives (not sure, Lifetime?): 3,699,000

And granted, I'm not published in hardcover (yet), so you might need to buy more copies to propel me onto the bestsellers lists. So double your order! Make new friends! Send a copy to every soldier in Iraq. To your dentist. Your eye doctor. Your psychiatrist...

Mark Terry


Blogger Shannon said...

That's it??!! That's really sad. I could possibly bribe 5,000 people. It could happen.
By the way, I'm about half-way through Serpents Kiss and loving it. Sneaky, sneaky with those little fast paced chapters that you just HAVE to read one more of because there's so much information waiting to unfold. I'll write more when I've finished.

4:15 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Glad you're enjoying it, and yes, I was quite surprised with the 5000 number.

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