The late James Brady once told me, “in order to sell more books you have to write more books.” He wrote at least 17 books and was a columnist for Parade Magazine, a Sunday supplement in all the major newspapers in the United States.
After giving Brady’s statement some thought I decided to research for a list of best-selling authors and the number of books they wrote and how many copies they sold. Even though I was surprised with the list and numbers, I put the information in my “To Use Someday” file.
Today, is “someday” and I am sharing this information with you.
Look at the list of the best-selling fiction authors and the number of books they wrote and the total sales may surprise you too!
Agatha Christie – 85 books; 2-5 billion copies sold
Barbara Cartland – 723 books; 500 million – 1 billion copies sold
Stephen King – 70 books; 300-350 million copies sold
Danielle Steel – 120 books; 500-800 million copies sold
Dr. Seuss – 44 books; 100-500 million copies sold
J. K. Rowling – 9 books; 350-450 million copies sold
J. R. R. Tolkien – 36 books; 200-250 million copies sold
Apparently, Brady was right. In order to sell more books, you have to write more books.