Some writing statistics from JenkinsGroup:
80% of adult Americans want to write a novel.
33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42% percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57% of new books are not read to completion.
70% of books published do not earn back their advance.
70% of the books published do not make a profit.
53% read fiction, 43% read nonfiction. The favorite fiction category is mystery and suspense, at 19%.
55% of fiction is bought by women, 45% by men. About 120,000 books are published each year in the U.S.
A successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies.
A successful nonfiction book sells 7,500 copies. On average, a bookstore browser spends 8 seconds looking at a book’s front cover and 15 seconds looking at the back cover.
Each day in the U.S., people spend 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines.
…Still want to write a book? It better be a labor of love. In fact, you’d better be a literary lovestruck idiot to get into this business.
“I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe