12 independent publishing facts for Independence Day
- According to a USA Today poll, 82 percent of Americans want to publish a book, while The New York Times reports that 81 percent of people believe they have a book in them.
- Almost 900,000 books were self published in 2011.
- According to R.R. Bowker, there are presently some 73,000 “small” publishers in America. “Small” means having one to 10 active books in print.
- Males make up 54% of small independent publishers, while 42 percent are female and 3 percent won’t say.
- On average it takes 475 hours to write a fiction book and 725 hours to write a nonfiction book.
- It takes an average of 10 to 15 hours to design a book cover.
- On average, the editing process takes 61 hours to complete.
- Fiction is considered successful if it sells 5,000 copies. A nonfiction book is deemed successful when it sells 7,500 copies.
- Most authors never sell more than 150 copiesof their book.
- According to Self Publishing Resources, nonfiction books outsell fiction by two to one, but at least 20 percent more fiction is being published via the Internet and POD.
- Juvenile and poetry are the most popular self-published fiction genres, while self-help, how-to and business lead in the nonfiction genres.
- The largest advance ever paid for a self-published book was the spectacular $4.125 million Simon & Schuster paid for Richard Paul Evans’s The Christmas Box.
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