Mark Terry

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Haiku Contest, Day II--book survey, too

December 19, 2006
Keep those haiku (haikus?) coming. You're a creative bunch.

I just want to alert everybody that Tobias Buckell has the results of his How Many Books You Wrote Before Publication survey completed, and you can find it here.

It's long and interesting, but the gist of it is, only 35% of those who participated sold their first novel. (And I'm one of those in the 65% category).

Have a Happy Haiku Day.

Best,
Mark Terry

3 Comments:

Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

35% seems really high to me. I think anyone who believes there's that good of a chance of selling a first novel -- even if you'll sll eventually -- would be overly optimistic. But maybe people who have a chance to sell do have that good of a chance to start selling right away.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Well, keeping in mind that this is a very small survey, Eric. And Tobey admits it's pretty unscientific. What I found interesting was that some of those who sold their first novel had spent 12 years writing it, and in other cases, they spent years and years trying to sell it.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

I wonder how many people, who sold their first novel, had previously written a bunch of short stories and novellas? Enough to equal a few hundred thousand words, anyway?

4:56 PM  

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