Thanks to a fellow author, I stumbled upon the following site, www.parapublishing.com. They have gathered quite a few statisics. I've copied a few that were relevant to romance publishing. Read the entire report HERE
.Who is Publishing how many Books?
78% of the titles published come from the small/self-publishers.http://www.pma-online.org/benefits/industry_reports.cfm
2002: The five large New York publishers accounted for 45% of the market (made 45% of the sales.) --Publishers Weekly, June 16, 2003. http://www.PublishersWeekly.com
1999: the top 20 publishers accounted for 93% of sales. --Andre Schiffrin, The Business of Books in the Washington Post. October 18, 2000.
2000: 80% of the book sales are controlled by five conglomerates: Bertlesman (Random House), Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, Time Warner, Disney and Viacom/CBS. --Andre Schiffrin, The Business of Books in the Washington Post. October 18, 2000.
2002: Five large New York publishers had US sales of $4.102 billion and worldwide sales of $5.68 billion.
Random House: $2.1 billion worldwide
Penguin Group: $1.3 billion
HarperCollins: $1.1 billion
Simon & Schuster: $690 million (est)
AOL/Time Warner: $415 million --Publishers Weekly, June 16, 2003 http://www.PublishersWeekly.com
What genres/categories are people buying?
55% Popular fiction
10% Religious nonfiction
9% Cooking/Crafts --2001 Consumer Research Study on Book Purchasing by the Book Industry Study Group, http://www.bisg.org
2002: Genres, quantity published.
New adult fiction: 17,000.
Juveniles: 10,000 --R.R. Bowker in Publishers weekly, June 2, 2003. http://www.PublishersWeekly.com
Most initial print runs are 5,000 copies. --Publishing for Profit by Tom Woll. Page 113.
4,986 was the average first press run; second printings averaged 4,776. --PMA survey of members, 1998.
The first print run for a mid-list book by a larger publisher is 10-15,000 books. --Brian DeFiore, Maui Writers Conference.
A larger publisher must sell 10,000 books to break even. --Brian DeFiore, Maui Writers Conference.
Book Sales in the U.S.
A successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies. --Authors Guild. http://www.authorsguild.org/
A successful nonfiction book sells 7,500 copies. --Authors Guild. http://www.authorsguild.org/
A book must move in the stores in six weeks. --Brian DeFiore, Maui Writers Conference.
Everyone judges a book by its cover.
On the average, a book store browser spends eight seconds looking at the front cover and 15 seconds looking at the back cover.
Sales Reps show covers or jackets and give a sales pitch that averages 14 seconds.
Also see 116: Book Cover Worksheet. http://www.parapublishing.com/sites/para/resources/allproducts.cfm
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