Books Sold by Genre: Or Why You Should Write Children’s Books

See, this is why J.K. Rowling was a genius. She wrote in the children’s fiction plus fantasy genre, so that puts her books in over half of the most popular books ever sold. The below chart shows an estimate of all the books ever sold by genre.

Which genre are you?

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16 thoughts on “Books Sold by Genre: Or Why You Should Write Children’s Books

  1. My first is a children’s book so this chart is great to see. I do have a question though… how on earth do children’s authors get the actual readers to post a review? It seems to be very rare to see a review by a child out there in Amazon land.

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    • I’m asking that same question…our audience traditionally do not have blogs, nor do they post to Amazon or GoodReads..so how do we get our books to them and in turn, get them to spread the word? June

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      • I’ve been racking my brain on this for a while, June, and the only answer I’ve come up with so far requires a certain amount of financial outlay. Maybe promote the fact that kid’s can have their comments published online (appeal to a desire for fame) and offer a free copy of the physical book for any kid that does it. Of course, you’d be shelling out for the cost of the book and the postage. This cost can get pretty high if you’re sending it to other countries though! I sent a copy of mine to a friend in Australia and postage was $15. Ouch!

        If anybody has more cost-effective ideas, I’d LOVE to hear them!

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      • Hi june,

        My children (ages 8 and 10) love to read books of all kinds, as long they are not horror-like. I get them to post reviews through my Amazon account, and my son blogs about books he reads and shares on google+ and with friends. I am also a teacher and writer, and share good books with friends. Anyone with children’s books they would like reviewed, please send them to me! You can send me a .mobi file or email me for physical address info. kbtaiwan (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  2. Very interesting. I thought Young Adult was way higher than that. More than Science Fiction and Fantasy. Guess I was wrong. Not too much of a children’s writer so that genre is a no for me.

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