Do writer and author statistics tell a story?

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Dan Poynter compiled a list of facts and figures about the book industry and posted them to his site parapublishing.com. The stats are far reaching and include information on almost everything you’d want to know about the book world. Some stats are recent, some are a bit dated, so it’s hard to gauge how things have changed.

We waded our way through the mass of info and found the following data intriguing:

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. May 15, 1999.

Hmm. What do you think? Maybe it’s just us, but we think some of these stats will change dramatically as more and more folks start to make their own books. Where do you fit on the list? Any other stats catch your eye? Let us know by posting a comment.

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