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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an event celebrating the freedom to read and is held the last week in September.  Banned Books Week brings together the entire reading/book community in support of the freedom to seek out and express ideas.

Books that have been on the banned books list include (an by the way, you can vote for these on the Great American Read:

F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby.

Joseph Heller. Catch-22.

Zora Neal Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God.

J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter series.

Jack London. The Call of the Wild.

Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird.  

Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind.

Toni Morrison. Beloved.

George Orwell. 1984.

J. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye.

John Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath.

Alice Walker. The Color Purple.

 

And so many more books.

 

 

 

 

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To Sell More Books, You Have To Write More Books

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.

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Happy Birthday J. K. Rowling

Read J. K.’s biography here.

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