Thursday, October 18, 2007

Should You Believe Statistics?

Should we let them rule our life and/or dissuade us from writing or publishing?

Will you let this information influence your professional writing life or will you make your own statistics?

Or will you take the viewpoint of Benjamin Disraeli?
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics" -Benjamin Disraeli, British Statesman.

Writers and Authors

81% of the population feels they have a book inside them.

27% would write fiction.

28% would write on personal development

27% would write history, biography, etc.

20% would do a picture book, cookbook, etc.

6 million have written a manuscript.

6 million manuscripts are making the rounds.

Out of every 10,000 children's books, 3 get published.
Jerrold Jenkins. 15 May 99.

While the US Population is growing and education levels are rising, book sales are not....due to heavy media competition for leisure time.

--Business Trend Analysts, Inc. as reported in Publishers Weekly, October 27, 1997.

Who is your audience?

Women buy 68% of all books. -Lou Aronica, Senior V-P Avon Books. Publishers Weekly, March 22, 1999.

The median household income for book buyers is $41,600, compared to $35,300 for all adults. -Bookselling This Week, November 10, 1997.

Men are more likely to shop in chain stores than women. Women are more likely to shop in discount stores and supermarkets than men. --Publishers Weekly, May 12, 1997, page 13.

The above information was obtained from Para Publishing web site at

Write it down,



  1. Interesting statistics Carma, particularly "Out of every 10,000 children's books, 3 get published" -- having a children's book on the market myself made me realise all the more how necessary they are!

    Isn't it also interesting that so many people think they have a book in them? It's always easy -- until they start writing, that is! lol


  2. Fascinating compilation of statistics, Carma...great post! Blessings, Olivia

  3. Ah, Anita you are so write. People have a misconception of writers. It wasn't that long ago that I was among them. lol.

    But honestly, how much faith should we place in statistics?

    Thank you for your post.