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Nobel and Pulitzer Winners

Postby DrG2 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:13 pm

I pick up (typically used) books at a local bookstore when the price has been discounted. It allows me to read books I wouldn't look for, which is a good experience.

On the $1.99 shelves are Steven Millhauser's Pulitzer Winning "Martin Dressler . . ." and Orhan Pamuk's Nobel-winning "Snow".
I went to Amazon to find some reviews and both of those books had two reader reviews a piece.

I'd guess # of reviews is fairly well related to # of sales, so this surprised me. I have read some award-winning novels that I liked and had sold well.

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How would you feel if you won a national award and couldn't outsell your advance?
Is it hard to write a book that can win such an award and also sell well?

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Re: Nobel and Pulitzer Winners

Postby shadowwalker » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:52 pm

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Re: Nobel and Pulitzer Winners

Postby MookyMcD » Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:00 am

There's bound to be enough of a Pulitzer bump that even in the short-term, and looking at the issue purely as one of money, author and Publisher were fine with the sales. Every library in the English speaking world would have at least one copy, for a time it was in every airport bookshop, they did fine.

Looking slightly beyond that, prestige is not an insignificant thing in itself. Selling books to readers is the end product of publishing, but running a successful business depends on more than just sales to customers. Having acclaim for the quality of your product can influence everything from the quality of your intern applicant pool to retention of key personnel.

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Re: Nobel and Pulitzer Winners

Postby updog » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:11 am

Martin Dressler has almost 5,000 ratings and over 300 reviews on Goodreads. Snow has just under 20,000 ratings and over 2,000 reviews. Not too shabby, really.
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Re: Nobel and Pulitzer Winners

Postby mammamaia » Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:52 pm

since both prizes include a nice [pulitzer] and huge [nobel] amount of cash, plus priceless prestige, i don't see that scanty amazon reviews or book sales as being much of a downer, can you? :roll:
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