BILLINGS, N.Y. — A book-loving journalist with a deep interest in history is taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to book sales for his next book.
David Sedaris’ book, ”The Great Atlantic Novel,” is already sold out in its first printing, but the publisher wants to expand the book’s reach and add more editions.
“If we can get the book to 10,000, 20,000 copies, then we can expand,” said Andrew Kaczmarczyk, chief executive officer of William Morrow, which has been the publisher of ”The Atlantic.”
He said bookstores have been slow to expand, and he expects the first print run will be at 10,001 copies.
The book has been nominated for six Pulitzer Prizes and was a finalist for a National Book Award in 2008.
Sedaris, an award-winning author of the novel ”The Sun Also Rises,” which he co-wrote with his wife, author Jane Yolen, and the late Philip Roth, is one of the most influential and respected authors of our time.
His latest novel, ”Big City,” is out this week, followed by ”The Last Tycoon,” which is out next year.
He has sold more than 300 million copies, making him the sixth-best-selling author in the United States.
In the meantime, he’s preparing for a new life, which includes working as a journalist for ABC News.
For Sedaris, book-selling is a profession that requires a certain level of commitment and dedication.
It’s also a business, with the ability to go from one book to the next, said Kaccharczyk, who has known Sedaris for decades.
While bookstores are reluctant to print more copies than they need, the publisher is hoping to make the book easier to buy.
If it does sell 10,0001, he said, he’d like to expand it to 20,001.
It’s hard to predict how many books the publisher will add, but Kaczyk said the company is in talks with other booksellers.
I think people want to read books, so we’re trying to figure out what works, what doesn’t work and what we can make a better book, he added.
Kacchacek declined to say when bookstores might be able to expand.
Last year, bookseller publisher Simon & Fisherman said it plans to print 2 million books by the end of 2019.
More than 30,000 books are being printed at bookstores around the country, but books are also being sold online.
Amazon, which is now the largest bookseller in the U.S., is expected to hit the 20 million mark by the middle of 2020.