The following is based on 2006 sales data from Clarkesworld Books. All books and magazines were sold online or at conventions. Where possible, I have listed 2005 sales data rankings.
Books Sold by Author
1 – Keene, Brian (2)
2 – Erikson, Steven (1)
3 – Powers, Tim (-)
4 – Martin, George R. R. (8)
5 – Hill, Joe (-)
6 – Esslemont, Ian Cameron (3)
7 – Kiernan, Caitlin R. (-)
8 – Lumley, Brian (-)
9 – Moore, Christopher (-)
10 – Stross, Charles (-)
Brian Keene and Steven Erikson switched places this year. Brian is a great supporter of our store. He regularly plugs us on his blog, forum, and website. He also made us the sole place (outside of his signings) where you can get inscriptions. He had a few limited editions and all his paperbacks continue to do well for us.
We have a pretty nice following from Steven Erikson’s fans too. They’ve routinely pushed us on their forum and a lot of his US fans come to us to get the UK limited and trades of books that won’t be available here for a while. Ian Cameron Esslemont (the only author in the top ten who had a single book earn them their place in this list) writes in the same world (the world he co-developed) as Erikson. So the fan base overlaps considerably. Imports did VERY well.
A lot of new people in the list, but people like Tim Powers and GRRM can go some time between books, so it’s anyone guess if they can come back next here. As a fan and reader, I certainly hope so. I don’t think we have any worries about Charles Stross publishing a good amount of new books.
Joe Hill had 20th Century Ghosts (which shows now sign of slowing) racking up sales for what seems like forever. Still one of the best collections I’ve read. Yet another import.
Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Moore, and Brian Lumley certainly have more books scheduled for 2007. Brian had a good bump in this years standing thanks to some older limited editions that we had in stock. Caitlin received a similar boost, her sales on current books are much better. Most of Christopher Moore’s sales this year were due to the signed copies of A Dirty Job. Will Love Bites do as well?
Bestselling Books by Title
1 – The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson (tpb, hc)
2 – Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont (tpb, hc)
3 – The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin
4 – Three Days to Never by Tim Powers (hc, limited hc)
5 – Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (tpb, hc, slipcased hc)
6 – The Rutting Season by Brian Keene (tpb, hc)
7 – Take the Long Way Home by Brian Keene
8 – The Healthy Dead by Steven Erikson (pb, hc)
9 – The Thousandfold Thought by R. Scott Bakker
10 – Blindsight by Peter Watts
Yes, this is a little unusual. Any edition of the book was counted as a sale for that title. I’ve indicated the formats of copies sold that were used to create the totals. I considered three separate lists and that might have been more fair to the mass market paperback authors, but looking at the final numbers, all the combinations of formats were simultaneous or near simultaneous releases.
Three of the top five books sold in our store were imports. That should tell me something and it will certainly be something I think about over the next few weeks.
Interestingly enough, our #1 author doesn’t have a book in the top five, but he has two in the top ten and all his paperbacks fell into the top 20. Our #2 author had the #2 and #8 books and one other in the top 20.
Signed books definitely made a difference in sales. We had signed copies of books numbers 3 through 9 in different editions.
I’m very pleased that Blindsight made the top 10. I’ve made no secret that this was my favorite novel of the year. Quite a few people seemed to be paying attention to all the yapping I did about this book and we often had trouble keeping it in stock or even getting copies from the publisher. I think I used every source I had at my disposal to keep making it available again.
And that’s the end of my year in review at Clarkesworld Books. I’ll be doing a lot of financial stats over the next couple of weeks that won’t get posted, but will set the direction for the store in the next year. Should be interesting to see if my perceptions match reality.