New York Public Library, New York City Photo by and from srg85.wordpress.com
Shelf-Awareness.com just posted the post popular books list from the 2016 New York Public Library System.
There are 92 New York Public Libraries in the New York City area. According to the article, 25 million items (books, tapes, etc.) were circulated in 2016.
I am pleased to see that my favorite title, for personal and professional reasons, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinthi, M.D., was no. 1 in its non-fiction area. It was followed by high readership of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters by Atul Gawande. M.D. (See my comments in previous blog about best-seller book lists for 2016). Both books are about quality of life at the end-of-life.
Here is the NY Public Library list…
(Click on 100 Notable Books of 2016 above for link to list)
I work with health and mental health authors as a book shepherd and marketing person. Other than subjects of physical and emotional pain (and how they possibly correlate with one other), I am most interested in the subject of facing end-of-life.
The most meaningful book I read this year, and obviously the most meaningful to others according to the NY Times best-seller list, was Dr. Paul Kalinthi’s intelligent, poetic When Breath Becomes Air. It is about how he, a young neurosurgeon who receives a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, chooses to live and share his last days. I am sorry to say the Spanish translation in Mexico is entitled The Good Doctor which makes it sound egocentric and uninteresting, though translators would argue with me that the original title would never sell in the country.
In any event, I urge all appreciators to discover When Breath Becomes Air if you haven’t already. It makes two important points – we never know when our days in this lifetime might pass, and, if we can, prepare for that day in the most sacred way possible.
Below is the link to London Telegraph‘s Best Book List 2016.
And, an interesting list from 2015 at the link below outline’s Sam Harris’ suggestion for books everyone should read no matter the year. https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/07/21/sam-harris-reading-list/
Today’s Publisher’s Lunch made mention of the Forbes study on the amount successful authors earn yearly. The listed authors write fiction and are primarily from the U.S. or the U.K.
The highest earner is thriller and young adult author James Patterson, $95 million last year. He has important promotional backing from the Hachette Group (worldwide publishing). You can read his bio and learn more about his prolific writing life at http://www.JamesPatterson.com .
James Patterson, author. Photo from his web site.
Non-fiction authors earn considerably less. There is a consensus among my colleagues that you need about three books in your non-fiction genre to start generating income. You’ll probably earn more if you self-publish. If it’s a topic in the minds of many, you might earn up to $10,000/year, if you are fortunate. If you are writing non-fiction you’ll likely need back-up work to support your passions and your life.
The PL blurb below outlines how well popular fiction authors earn a living. Big difference!
“Forbes has their annual guesses on the earnings of the some of the most successful authors, estimating that 14 authors together earned $269 million. (Though they don’t underscore it, that’s their lowest total for top authors in the past 5 years: $399 million in 2012; $476 million in 2013; $325 million in 2014; and $355 million in 2015.)”
James Patterson $95 million
Jeff Kinney $19.5 million
JK Rowling $19 million
John Grisham $18 million
Stephen King $15 million
Danielle Steel $15 million
Nora Roberts $15 million
EL James $14 million
Veronica Roth $10 million
John Green $10 million
Paula Hawkins $10 million
George RR Martin $9.5 million
Rick Riordan $9.5 million
Dan Brown $9.5 million