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Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending Jan. 28, 2007

1Brian Keene’s Fear by Brian Keene (Signed Trade Paperback)
2The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version by Peter S. Beagle (Signed Hardcover)
3Rite: Short Work by Tad Williams (Signed Hardcover)
4Gods and Pawns by Kage Baker (Hardcover)
5The White Tyger by Paul Park (Hardcover)

2Fantasy & Science Fiction
3Realms of Fantasy

As expected, last week’s bestsellers faced tough competition from some new releases.  Outside of the new releases, sales this week slowed a little.  Have to work on our PR to help continue to clear some of that inventory we have.  To that end, the big sale we were running is not scheduled to end anytime soon.  I’m actually adding more books to the pile, so check in every now and then and get yourself a bargain… great as a last minute Valentine’s Day gift for a book lover!  It won’t work for me, but maybe someone of you have loved ones who’d enjoy it.

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending January 21, 2007

1Voices from the Street by Philip K. Dick (Hardcover)
2Gods and Pawns by Kage Baker (Hardcover)
3The White Tyger by Paul Park (Hardcover)
4The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume One: To Be Continued by Robert Silverberg (Hardcover)
5Clickers by J. F. Gonzalez and Mark Williams (Signed Numbered Hardcover)

3Fantasy & Science Fiction
4Realms of Fantasy

Back by popular demand!  Ok, back because one person asked.  I had become a bit lazy and stopped posting these right after Christmas.  Next week is likely to see a great deal of change for the books.  We’ve received two signed limiteds with reasonable preorders: Rite by Tad Williams and The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version and one book with a lot of preorders: Brian Keene’s Fear.  I’ve been shipping those as fast as I can. Good news is that I may end up with help on the shipping side of things. Depends on how things work out.  I’m very picky about how things are packed.

Clarkesworld Books 2006 Bestsellers – Part Three

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.

Clarkesworld Books 2006 Bestsellers – Part Two

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.

Bestselling Magazines

1 – Fantasy Magazine (-)
2 – Fantasy & Science Fiction (1)
3 – Weird Tales (2)
4 – Asimov’s (3)
5 – Analog (4)
6 – Interzone (5)
7 – Subterranean (9)
8 – Cemetery Dance (8)
9 – H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror (7)
10 – Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (-)

Magazine sales included single issue, back issue, and subscription sales, basically anything we received money for.  A subscription counted the same as a single issue.  We take subscriptions for three of the magazines listed (Fantasy, Weird Tales, and Subterranean).

The big surprise this time is probably Fantasy Magazine.  I’ll tell you that the difference between 1st and 2nd was in the single digits, so if you’re one of those people who thinks I’m crazy for including subscriptions, you can switch the first two and make your own list.  Anyhow, Fantasy was directing people to our site for subscriptions, preorders, covers, for the better part of the year.  It was also one of two magazines that often had multiple copy (of the same issue) sales.  (The other was Interzone.)  These were often friends or family of their contributors.  As it becomes more widely available, I suspect we’ll see a drop in our sales of Fantasy Magazine. It should be interesting to see if it can maintain this spot.

There is no need to explain how F&SF ends up where it is.  Weird Tales, however, is #3 largely because of back issue sales. The same can be said of HPL, which barely did anything new this year.

The gap between Asimovs and Analog is closing.  If I map out the trends, Analog may very well overtake Asimovs in the next year.  Our back issue sales for Analog seem to be growing faster.

Where’s Realms of Fantasy?  We only started stocking that a few months ago, but I’d be willing to bet that they’ll make the list next year.  Same goes for TTA/Black Static if they start publishing again.  2007 will also see the debut of the signed print versions of Clarkesworld Magazine.  Being the publisher of that magazine, I’ll be quite disappointed if we don’t make the cut. 🙂

When we did this last year, I noticed that the majority of our magazine sales were back issues.  This continued to be the case again this year.  It was particularly true with the magazines that are typically available in neighborhood bookstores.  There are also a number of international customers that will buy 2-3 months of issues at a time to save money on shipping.

Still to come:

Bestselling Author
Bestselling Books by Title

Clarkesworld Books 2006 Bestsellers – Part One

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.

Percentage of Books Sold by Format

46% – Hardcover
25% – Trade Paperback
23% – Mass Market Paperback
6% – Chapbook

I can’t find the exact numbers from last year, but I know that hardcover and chapbook sales increased their percentages. The chapbook number will probably slide back down. I think this was just a blip from a few strong titles.

Bestselling Publisher (including backlist)

1 – TOR (1)
2 – Subterranean Press (5)
3 – Random House (6)
4 – Penguin (3)
5 – PS Publishing (4)
6 – HarperCollins (2)
7 – Leisure Books (7)
8 – Night Shade Books (10)
9 – Prime Books/Wildside (8)
10 – Golden Gryphon (9)

TOR maintains it’s top spot. This was pretty much the way it worked all year. The big surprise was Subterranean’s leap up and HarperCollins fall. Subterranean has had a pretty solid year. I can only think of a couple of books that didn’t sell as well as we had hoped. HarperCollins was a saved from being beaten by Leisure by the sales of just a few titles. Of course, I have to point out that Leisure is only doing this well because of the sales of Brian Keene’s books. Without him, they probably wouldn’t have made the top 15.

Next time:
Bestselling Magazines
Bestselling Author
Bestselling Books by Title

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending December 24, 2006

1Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti (Hardcover)
2A Soul in a Bottle by Tim Powers (Signed Hardcover)
3Carnival by Elizabeth Bear (Paperback)
4Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
5Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher (Paperback)

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Realms of Fantasy
Fantasy Magazine
Weird Tales

This week represents a work week one-day shorter than normal.  By mid-week, people stopped the rush to get books for the holidays, so we had a tilt towards the preorders that came in.  Teatro Grottesco had heavy preorders and easily kept Tim Powers from taking what seems like a regular top-spot anytime something new comes out.  Carnival had a lot of Christmas gift orders to keep it sailing smoothly in the top 5.

Nothing too unusual with the magazine sales.  A few big back-issue orders brought Weird Tales back up into the mix and Realms seemed to have a stronger than normal week.  Several magazines sent us new issues that week and I’m still getting those listed now that the store is open again.


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