Book authors

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Statista dossier on book authors

This dossier has been compiled to provide statistical information about book authors in North America, including details on income, sales, publishing and writing styles.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Number of writers and authors in the U.S. 2011-2018

    • Publisher types used by authors in the U.S. 2018

    • Self-publishing platforms used by authors in the U.S. 2018

    • U.S. book publishers revenue 2010-2018, by source

    • U.S. publishing industry - estimated revenue 2005-2018

    • Largest self-publishing companies in the U.S. in 2018, by number of titles published

    • Book publishers with the highest title count in the U.S. 2017

    • Nobel Prize in Literature - countries with the most winners 1901-2019

    • Most read poets in the U.S. 2017

  • 2. Income
    • U.S. authors' average royalty income 2013-2017, by type

    • U.S. author's income share of individual earnings 2013-2017, by type

    • Full-time authors earning income solely from books in the U.S. 2018

    • Earnings of the wealthiest authors worldwide 2018

    • E.L. James - earnings 2012-2018

    • J. K. Rowling - earnings 2010-2018

    • James Patterson - earnings 2010-2018

    • John Grisham - earnings 2010-2018

    • Nora Roberts - earnings 2011-2018

  • 3. Emerging vs. established authors
    • Average number of published books by authors in the U.S. 2017

    • Editing costs for successful and emerging authors in the U.S. 2017

    • Book cover design costs for successful and emerging authors in the U.S. 2017

    • Authors with day jobs in the U.S. 2017

  • 4. Young adult authors
    • Juvenile/YA fiction books sales in the U.S. H1 2018

    • Juvenile/YA nonfiction books sales in the U.S. H1 2018

    • Books sold by publishing houses among YA authors U.S. 2017

    • Number of publisher rejections before debut book sale among YA authors U.S. 2017

    • Speed of debut book sale after signing with an agent among YA authors U.S. 2017

  • 5. Canadian data
    • Canada unit book sales 2013-2018

    • Canada share of book sales 2013-2018, by subject

    • Leading Canadian-authored book formats bought by readers in 2017

    • Canadian book buyers reading Canadian authors in 2012-2017

    • Book buyers using selected purchasing channels who read Canadian-authored books 2017

    • Most popular Canadian book authors named by readers in 2017

    • Canadians' interest in reading award-nominated books 2018

  • 6. Writing styles
    • Longest first sentences of novels by author 2017

    • Shortest first sentences to novels by author 2017

    • Number of clichés used by authors worldwide 2017

    • Number of exclamation points in novels worldwide 2017, by author

    • Number of adverbs in novels worldwide 2017, by author

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