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  •  Well-phrased! And true. (2+ / 0-)
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    SensibleShoes, RiveroftheWest

    Plus, publishers are often looking for books that will backlist well. Maybe it only sells 2 or 3000 in hc, and triple that in pb, but it moves a lot per month once it finds its niche.

    Many won't: but some will. Any guesses what Harry Potter backlists? I don't know, but I'm betting: big-time. There are new kids old enough to read those novels every year.

    Oh, and may Jinx sell 50,000 copies per month in perpetuity.

    You deserve it.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 12:00:00 AM PDT

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    •  I'm guessing "backlist" not synon.w/classic (0+ / 0-)

      anymore, original "Velveteen Rabbit" kind of thing (original illustration plates were destroyed in the melee of the 1970's and re-issues since then have only similar illos by a different artist.) Time was (she said creakily), "backlist" meant books that only sold a dozen or 3 per year, mostly to libraries public & school-type, to replace battered copies no longer handleable, and publishers were OK with it.

      When I asked "good thing-bad thing" i was kind of thinking about high-quality books of permanent value becoming lost in the deluge, and how long it takes an individual work to demonstrate longterm value.  The malleability of the young mind makes this seem more critical an issue than with adult reading.

      •  One of my books sells only that many copies. (0+ / 0-)

        Another became, technically speaking, a bestseller on the backlist. Funny place, the backlist.

        -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

        by SensibleShoes on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 11:44:35 AM PDT

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