There are approximately 400,000 titles being published each year, but it is estimated that there are many times more books being written. There was a time when writing a book was viewed as something only certain elite people could do. Now, authors are in no short supply.
Here are a few tips and facts:
~ Bestselling genres are business career, personal finances, health, psychology and parenting
~ Bestselling e-books are nonfiction how-tos
~ Autobiographies are not always the best book for beginning authors unless their story is truly dramatic.
~ According to a Gallup survey, it appears that men read more nonfiction than women
~ Fiction is traditionally a harder seller than nonfiction, particularly for the self-publisher
~ Regional books can perform well, and are actually growing in popularity
~ Poetry is one of the poorest selling genres
~ Children's books, when well-written and illustrated, can be timeless, selling for many years. They rarely have an expiration date
~ Serials do well in e-publishing, especially when kept to a reasonable length