Personally, I have a hard time imagining a million-copy print run for a book. I’m sure the Harry Potter books had ‘em, but, wow, a million copies of your book. That’d make a picture for my Christmas cards!
Is a million print run more common than most of us think? What kind of book gets that big of an initial run? I wonder if there’s a list somewhere.
Publishers Weekly announced Wednesday that Dutton is doing a million print run for John Grisham’s first book for readers ages 8 to 12. The book is called Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. It’s about a 13-year-old amateur [duh] attorney who gets involved in a murder trial.
Christopher Healy, in his blog, Kid Pop, noted that this is the first in a series and Grisham is applying his “tried-and-true formula to children's fiction.” He also points out that he’s not the first big-name author to turn to kid-lit. Others include James Patterson, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.
While Healy doesn’t analyze Grisham’s new kid book (it seems pretty clear how it relates to his adult books), he does break down how the other four authors apply their successful formulas to their kid lit books. Definitely enlightening.
As to Grisham’s million print run? I’d like to see a picture of that many books stacked up.
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