Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hard, cold figures on publishing

Over at Pub Rants, literary agent Kristin sums up her agency's stats for the year. Some of the numbers are cute ("number of Starbucks eggnog chai consumed in the last week: 6+"), some are good, solid figures to give people an idea of how publishing actually works ("new deals for previously published clients: 15"; "foreign rights deals done: 53"), but a lot are simply staggering:

15
books sold

6
number of new clients (Kristin & Sara combined)

38,000
estimated number of queries read and responded to (and yes, that is up from last year)

55
full manuscripts requested (down from last year)

So, once again, folks, do NOT get discouraged if you get a form rejection letter from the first agent you query!

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