The Book Publishing Game
Not only is a maritime organization the logical publisher for a book on tugboats, it had pull with the MarEx Newsletter, which gave it a nice review.
The book will not be a best seller and at $5 retail will not make much money. But it will make some kids happy and give the author and illustrator bragging rights to a published book.
The tugboat book is an anomaly. For starters, trade journals and business publications do not review children's books.
But a review copy of a book about architecture should go to the editor of architectural magazines; a horse book should be sent to horse publications; and the editors of poetry magazines should see books of poetry.
Alas, unknown writers and publishers of fiction are pretty much out of luck.
The Book Business by the Numbers
I attended a book publishing summit in September 2005 and Infinity Publishing president Tom Gregory put up this chart, which I copied down—book sales by quantity in the United States for one year—probably 2004:
|SALES PER TITLE|
|Of the 1.24 Million|
|ISBN* titles in print|
|10 titles sold||1 million or more copies|
|22 titles sold||500,000 999,999 copies|
|324 titles sold||100,000 - 499,999 copies|
|767 titles sold||50,000 - 99,999 copies|
|23,000 titles sold||5,000 - 49,999 copies|
|67,000 titles sold||1,000 - 4,999 copies|
|202,300 titles sold||100 - 999 copies|
|948,00 titles sold||1 - 99 copies|