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Initial post: 7 Aug 2012 10:09:15 BDT
Joe M says:
Hi there,

I'm the author of a historical novel entitled 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow we'll Cross. It's a big, sweeping epic set during one of Ireland's many rebellions. It's basically Last of the Mohicans with an Irish accent. It's gotten really good reviews both in the press and here on and the publishers and my agent are delighted with the sales figures.

And that's the rub.

So far its sales have been more or less confined to Ireland (pop. 4.5 million) and here on amazon. The novel has been out for 8 months and has clocked up well over a thousand sales, without taking e-sales into account.

I was wondering if, in an Irish context, those sales figures are actually all that impressive. This is a debut novel and I'm not really sure of my footing in the industry yet, hence the question. Bear in mind, to be a weekly best-seller in Ireland, you only need to sell 200 books.


Posted on 8 Aug 2012 11:16:52 BDT
Starapple says:
I think those figures are impressive, but small fry to block busters. I think the "Irishness" may be a factor why it is doing so well in Ireland.
However to be really big you need to break into the international market, i.e. the US, Canada, UK, Australia and all those other English speaking nations. Then once its really big then the French and Germans will come to get a translated version.

Also I just buy books I can download. I bought my first "physical" book in over a year as it was a copy from the 1960's and not available on Kindle. Therefore don t be dismissive on the e-sales.... I think book shops will die in the long run unless they will offer download sections or one can buy the book at the till as a download.

I also believe there is a thread for Authors where you should be asking your questions regarding sales. I am not an author, just a reader.

BTW: What software did you use to write your book?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2012 13:14:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Aug 2012 13:15:46 BDT
Joe M says:
Just the ol' microsoft office. Word 2003-2007, I do believe. Sent it in to a few publishing houses on the off-chance and Bob's yer uncleThanks for the reply. I posted in the Author's section too and got a very helpful response. Cheers again.

I tend to agree with you regarding e-sales. It'll be interesting to see the Kindle figures for it.
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