Check out these figures in the news this week:
Total sales of the 6 books on the Booker shortlist 120,770
Sales of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach 110,615
Leaving total sales for the other 5 books on the shortlist 10,155
I know. I found it hard to believe too.
But it gets a whole lot more depressing when you add in this figure:
Sales of Crystal by Katie Price aka Jordan 159,407
How many times do I have to say it?
Don't write because you believe you'll achieve fame and fortune from your books.
Not unless you already have said f&f for some other achievement -
- like having surgically enhanced breasts and being married to an Australian one hit wonder.