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"You're only as good a your last book (sales)" has been a mantra in the print book world for a long time. I got it barked at me after publishers refused any promotion help. And it's part of a vicious circle: the less money publishers give as an advance the less they have to lose if *your* promotion doesn't live up to their expectations.

Long live indie authoring.

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" I've experienced both, and have concluded that it's best not to look. With a few super-star exceptions, The Numbers for most writers these days are in a dive."

I'd suggest ignoring sales numbers is very bad advice for any business.
 

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My co-writer for Implant had two science thrillers out already when we wrote our book. Both books had print runs of 200,000 copies. The first book sold 105,000 copies. His publishers were happy. The second sold 90,000. They were not so pleased. He had sold ~195,000 books and they still declined to pick up the option for the third.
 

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"The Numbers for most writers these days are in a dive."

That's the part that got me too. 

It's in great part because of ebooks (which traditional publishers claim they can't make money on), but it's ebooks for indie authors which are selling!

 
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