By: Deb Werksman
We had our quarterly meeting at Sourcebooks last week, and I came back with some very interesting data.
Did you know that 93% of books published in 2005 sold fewer than 1000 copies?
And 98% sold fewer than 5000 copies.
At Sourcebooks, we acquire with an eye to selling significantly more than that--10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and above.
Looking at readers, among "heavy users" there's a lot of exploration, so if you are just starting out and have a great "hook" that can get their attention, you can begin to build readership. "Light users" will tend to rely on bestsellers, because they want what's tried and true and they're relying on tastemakers to point them in the right direction. So while there's a "long tail" of many, many titles that sell just a few copies, the bestsellers are still going to outsell the aggregate of the "long tail."
All this argues, once again (my favorite subject) for the strong "hook." It's the hook that's going to sell your book!
Ok, here's what I'm looking for:
*single title romance (includes single title series and trilogies) in all subgenres
*90,000 to 120,000 words
*a heroine the reader can relate to
*a hero she can fall in love with
*a world gets created
*I can sell it in about 2 sentences
Questions? Bring 'em on!!!!