From a USA Today article on how books end up on bestseller lists:
“In many ways, editing yourself is the most important part of being a novelist. … For every page in a published novel, I wrote 10 that ended up in the trash.”
— Dan Brown from www.danbrown.com
Brown stats: 29 million copies of Da Vinci Code in print worldwide; more than 1 million of The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition in USA
Too bad the entire book didn’t make it there.