G and PG-13 rated books of fiction are seldom that easy to sell to most publishers. Editors have acquired this quaint idea that people won't buy good, wholesome books any longer.
G-rated books don't sell? What can they be thinking?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling's fourth Harry Potter book, is the fastest-selling book in history as reported in the July 17 issue of Publishers Weekly. By the way, the Harry Potter books are published by the hardly ever X-Rated firm of Scholastic, Inc. According to the weekly trade publication, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is outselling Publishers Weekly's #1 adult bestseller (Danielle Steele's The House on Hope Street) by approximately 100 to one.
|The first Harry Potter Movie sent the whole world charging to the movie theatres, filling up seats that hadn't been filled for a decade. |
When I went to see the first Harry Potter movie I went in very early and sat down to listen to the comments of those coming in.
Over and over again I heard those of the older generation exclaiming, "I KNOW it is for kids, but I have just GOT to see it!"
|"We are drowing our youngsters in violence, cynicism, and sadism piped into the living room and even the nursery. The grandchildren of the kids who once weeped because the Little Match Girl froze to death now feel cheated if she isn't slugged, raped, and thrown into a Bessemer converter." Jenkin Lloyd Jones.|
G-rated books don't sell? Released on July 8, 2000, the 3.8 million initial print-run of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the largest in publishing history. The book broke all sales records with an estimated 3 million copies sold after just 48 hours. Scholastic has gone back to press for an additional 3 million copies.
There are currently 27.6 million copies of the first three Harry Potter books in print including three hardcover novels and the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Each of the books has held the #1 position on The New York Times adult best-seller list and for 16 weeks the titles were #1, #2 and #3 on the hardcover list and #1 on the paperback list.
The public goes right on buying the whole wagon load of Chicken Soup for the Soul series,
Reader's Digest circulation keeps increasing,
With up to three hundred people each week coming here to read Short Stuff by Lin Stone I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is a huge market for good, wholesome books.
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