Big Data!

More from Michael 🙂

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I was reading in a magazine an article by the excellent Simon Brett earlier today. It was an obituary for Phyllis James and mentioned that some time ago, while talking about writing, they discussed the worst questions authors are asked.

My own favourite worst is, “Where do your books sell?”

It’s a natural question. It’s the first thing people ask me who are interested in my books and sales. A friend is trying to help me with marketing. She asked me. Another friend is keen to see how to analyse my sales data to increase sales. He asked me. Many people ask me the same question.

How should I know? That kind of data is not given to the poor old authors scribbling away in their garrets. I have asked for it, many times, but apparently the vagaries of the publishing industry mean that data of that sort just isn’t…

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