I only recently learned/realized (in the past several years) that the sales of a book don't necessarily depend on each and every reader buying the book. When I buy a book, the author isn't notified that one more book sold off the shelf. I feel naive admitting that it took me a long time to realize that the sales of books were related to how many each bookstore ordered. That's how it is, right? Quick aside: is this why pre-sales are so important? So bookstores have a better idea how many they will need?
Anyway, I thought I read somewhere once that the deciding factor on how a book does in the market is how it sells in the first week of its release. That everything after that doesn't matter. That the first week sales will determine if the author is offered a deal on a second book. It will determine the size of the advance on your next book, etc. So now that I review new books fairly often, I am obsessed with ensuring the review is done on the release day so that I can say I reviewed it in time for buyers to buy the book on the first week. But, of course, as this is a hobby and I have a full-time job (and more) I don't have time to do this for every book and this leads to me feeling loads of guilt for all those books I don't review "in time". AND THEN a part of me feels that if I don't get it done by then, it's no longer worth it (well, except for reviewing it because I just plain want to read it... but it feels too late if I'm specifically reading it TO review it). There is a part of me that says this can't possibly be and I need to realize that and stop feeling guilty. The problem is... I don't know! And this is why I need help understanding how this all works.
How are book sales determined? What determines a book's success? If I can't post the review right away but, say, can do so within a few months, does this have any affect? Not that any one review would affect the sales of books, but if a book doesn't sell well for a month or two but then picks up later, does this make a difference?
Please help me understand how this all works!! Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
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