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April 14, 2011

YA Deals By The Numbers, Part Three

Kate Hart
We've looked at young adult book deals by genre, and we've looked at YA deals by debut and quantity. In this final break down, we find that (surprise!) contemporary and nonfiction tend to sell in single book deals, while paranormal and dystopian rule the trilogies. However, when you get to 4 books or more per deal, the playing field levels out again, and dystopian gets left behind.

Here's a closer look: (click to expand)

So that's it for YA deals from the past year. In the immortal words of Wayne Campbell, "We hope you found it entertaining, whimsical yet relevant, with an underlying revisionist conceit that belied its emotional attachments to the subject matter." (Or, in the immortal words of Garth Algar, "I just hope you didn't think it sucked.")

And if you have not seen Wayne's World, that made absolutely no sense.

If you'd like to help with future graphs, leave suggestions in the comments, or enter my t-shirt giveaway. (That at least makes sense if you click the link! Really!)


  1. Still terrible at math. 
  2. Any deal that didn't specify two or more books sold was counted as a single title.
  3. These figures were taken from Publisher's Marketplace deal reporting. I didn't download any statistics from their website.  I counted the deals manually and assigned my own categories when necessary.
  4. Once, in fourth grade, long division made me cry.
  5. I tried to divide up the genres more specifically, per your requests on the first post, but I may have mis-categorized a few things. This also means the numbers here won't exactly match the numbers in the first post.
  6. Some agents and editors choose not to list deals in Publisher's Marketplace, so these charts are not a full representation of YA publishing.
  7. I haven't included the selling of foreign rights in these numbers.
  8. If you haven't seen Wayne's World, GO WATCH IT. But skip the sequel. 
  9. Sometimes I make fun of my husband for failing out of Calculus III with a 7%. I leave out the fact that he was a sophomore. In high school. And I never even took Cal I. I took "applied discreet mathematics" and got the hell out of the math building.
  10. Thanks for reading! :)


  1. **Wayne's World**Wayne's World** I may or may not be singing this the rest of the evening.

    Love your charts.

  2. *Party time* *excellent*

    Great post :)


  3. You've done it again: "We're not worthy, we're not worthy." :)

  4. Thank you so much for compiling this!

  5. This has been such a great series. Thanks for putting this together. You rock!

  6. This was a really cool breakdown


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