· Around 70,000 titles are published a year in Britain, of which 6,000 are novelsOne of the debut novelists mentioned is Ivo Stourton whose first (crime) novel is set in Cambridge and will be out in June. Read the whole article here.
· Any large UK publisher will receive 2,000 unsolicited novel manuscripts in a year
· The average sale of a hardback book by a first-time writer is 400 copies
· Many publishers use this rule of thumb to work out advances: they pay 50 per cent of the royalty earnings expected from the first print run
· According to the latest edition of Private Eye, first novel The Thirteenth Tale by ex-teacher Diane Setterfield (author's advance £800,000) has sold 13,487 copies to date. Only 516,129 to go and the book's paid for itself...
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The Guardian has a lengthy article on first time novelists and includes some interesting statistics at the end: