Every spring sees Publishers Weekly's rundown of which authors sold how many books for the previous year. The calculation is complicated...
Every spring sees Publishers Weekly’s rundown of which authors sold how many books for the previous year. The calculation is complicated, and some of the numbers are pretty darn round, but here’s a list of some local authors whose reach extends beyond our green and pleasant land:
Seattle-area author Anne Rule: “Green River, Running Red,” 167,500 copies in hardback; “Heart Full of Lies,” 625,000 copies in paperback; “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” 600,000 copies in paperback.
Seattle author Jayne Ann Krentz, who writes under several nom de plumes: “Falling Awake” by Krentz, 134,340 copies in hardback; “The Paid Companion” by Krentz’s alter ego Amanda Quick, 107,414 copies in hardback; “Truth or Dare” by Krentz, 506,021 copies in paperback.
“The Devil in the White City” by Seattle author Erik Larson: 621,234 copies in paperback.
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“Exit Wounds” by Bellevue author J.A. Jance: 500,000 copies in paperback.
In the Puget Sound region:
Port Orchard author Debbie Macomber: “#44 Cranberry Point,” 500,000 copies in paperback; “Changing Habits,” 500,000 copies in paperback; “On a Snowy Night,” 500,000 copies in paperback.
“Bad Cat” by Des Moines author Jim Edgar: 403,000 copies in paperback.
“Dune: The Battle of Corrin” by Bainbridge Island author Brian Herbert and co-author Kevin J. Anderson: 100,769 copies in hardback.
“Villa Incognito” by Skagit County author Tom Robbins: 135,896 copies in paperback.
“Our Lady of the Forest” by Bainbridge Island author David Guterson (Vintage): 116,000 copies in paperback.
Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor