Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A million.

As of December 31st 2015 more than 1 million of my books had been sold around the world!

Here's how they stack up:

Using the figures I have to hand (many of my foreign publishers have yet to send me any sales numbers) I can make the million with my two English language publishers (Ace and Voyager), and my three largest non-English markets, namely Brazil (Darkside), France (Bragelonne), and Germany (Heyne). I also had figures from Fumax in Hungary, a pleasing 11,000, and Papierowy Ksiezyc, a welcome 13,000.


My happy dance wasn't as cool as Calvin's.


I offer this up in the spirit of excitement and wanting to share my amazement. Only the fact that I swore not to use this very clich├ęd word in this context prevents me from using it here.

I guess that one reason for the reluctance of many authors to discuss such things may be fear of being seen to be chest-beating or failing.


But I've always taken the view that I'll share the highs and lows with any of my readers who bother to follow me online - so there it is.

It's also quite a pleasing way to celebrate the 1st anniversary of my being made redundant from my day job!









16 comments:

  1. Rad! As I'm told the kids say. Nice one, Mark. I'm well pleased for you. Well deserved too of course.

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  2. Congratulations Mark, much deserved.

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  3. Wahey Mark, well done!!! It's refreshing to know there are a million intelligent people in the world ;)

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  4. That is beautiful:) Glad to see Hungary on the list.

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  5. Fantastic! One year already? Time flies...

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  6. Well deserved, I love your books :)

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  7. Congrats, well deserved! And I think you would have been fine with that cliched word, as you avoided the much worse cliched phrases of "it's been a long journey getting here," or, "it's all thanks to my fans."

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  8. Happy dance being danced for you in California, USA. Congratulations!

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  9. So proud to be the #1 non-english market! VAI BRASIL! Congrats Mark! You deserve it.

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  10. Way to go! :)

    Pleasant to see Hungary as considerable enough to be noted individually.

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  11. I guess the best way to be made redundant from one’s job is by having made >£1M (or something in that region?) writing books. It’s a very impressive figure; but I’m surprised it’s not even bigger. ‘Bestseller’ is clearly a broad term, encompassing those who have sold hundreds of thousands and those who have sold hundreds of millions.

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    1. You can become a New York Times bestseller (something I haven't managed yet) by selling between 5,000 and 10,000 books in the right week.

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    2. Oh yeah, I heard about that. I guess the term bestseller was never clearly defined, but it’s a pity that it’s now used as a sales tool: get a promotion going, get some books sold very quickly, and voila—you’re on a bestseller list. Bestseller list = more exposure = more sales. Rinse and repeat. It’s worth taking the bestseller jargon with a healthy dose of salt, I guess.

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  12. Congrats! Glad to know there are, at least, a million readers in the world with great taste. :)

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