Posted by: anitanolan | June 6, 2011

Debut MG Novel Sales Expectations

A very interesting post from Shrinking Violet Promotions:

My debut middle grade novel has been out for a few months now, and I must say, the initial numbers are discouraging. It makes me wonder if I had unrealistic expectations in the first place. What are reasonable expectations for a debut middle grade novel? Can you share some thoughts on what a successful debut might look like?

This is such a great question that I thought I’d talk about it here, because so few debut authors have any idea on what to expect, either experience-wise or sales-wise. This is made even worse by the fact that so much of official marketing and promotion is about smoke and mirrors: it’s about making the book look more popular and ‘must-have’ than perhaps it really is.

Read the rest here.


  1. Anita, between you, Kathy and Laurie, your commitment to keeping up with your blog is inspiring! I mean, ALL of you did it, even through our busy conference weekend! Amazing! 🙂

    • It helps to have the ability to post ahead of time, Donna!


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