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Not always the case..........
I have just published my 75th book, 3,000 copies or more of each, plus a few reprints. That is more than 225,000 books ! It all depends upon each company's business model and level of success.
Jim, you say you sold "a couple hundred thousand copies?" I don't find any books with your name on Amazon or the usual searches beyond some self-published less-known.
Can you give us the title?
Because the average self-published book sells about 250 copies in its lifetime. By comparison, the average traditionally published book sells 3,000 copies.
I should have added that I have gone through both the publisher and self published book route (on demand). Book publishers aren't like they used to be ten years ago. I take the ideas to publishers. If a publisher picks up on it by the time I am finished, problem solved. If no one takes it, I just say FIDO and do it myself. My last book (not on ships) was through a publisher and sold a couple hundred thousand copies.
Do to the nature of the material, the book needs to have a large format (wider than tall). I have yet to see an on demand printer that does larger than 8 1/2x11.
I have a friend who runs a small publishing house (about 6 books a year—but totally unrelated to ships) who has been helping to line up resources in case a publisher does not step up.
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