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April 5, 2011

YA Deals By The Numbers

Kate Hart
Last month I broke down YA deals from the past year by genre. Per your suggestions, today we're looking at a few more statistics, including this very simple question: How many YA deals last year went to debut authors?




Interesting coincidence: The number of six-figure deals reported across all genres was also 17%.




I assume the majority of those unreported deals fall into the "nice" category. You can see, however, why I didn't bother breaking down deal size for debuts. There's just not enough data.


Another commenter wanted to know how deals broke down by size-- not monetarily, but by number of books sold.




Single deals still rule the school, although next time I'll try to break down single vs multi-book deals by genre, and I suspect we'll see some interesting trends.

Any other requests? :)

Disclaimers:
  1. I'm terrible at math. 
  2. "Debut" includes only deals that specified such in their blurb.
  3. Any deal that didn't specify two or more books sold was counted as a single title.
  4. These figures were taken from Publisher's Marketplace deal reporting. I didn't download any statistics from their website. 
    • I had a request for top YA agents and publishers, but those are stats PM provides, so graphing them would likely be a breach of my subscription terms.
    1. Some agents and editors choose not to list deals in Publisher's Marketplace, which means neither chart is a full representation of YA publishing.
    2. I haven't included the selling of foreign rights in these numbers.
    3. No really. My five-year-old is better at math than I am. I'm not exaggerating.
    4. Thanks for reading! :)

    23 comments:

    1. Thanks again for putting so much time into these graphs. I have a PM subscription, and it doesn't make this much sense to me!

      PS, your math skills MUST be better than mine! ;)

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    2. Is it sad that the 17% seems great to me? It gives me hope...thanks for the graphs. :)

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    3. Love your graphs. Thanks for the info!

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    4. Amazing! I really look forward to the single/multiple book deal by genres charts.

      YOU ROCK!

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    5. Looking at data visually is so much more enjoyable than scouring the PM lists. Thank you for putting so much time/effort into these!

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    6. Love these graph posts! Can you remind me what the euphemisms 'nice', 'very nice', 'major' etc mean in real money? I did see an explanation online once but I've forgotten.

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    7. Wow, you did so much work here. Thank you. I love seeing the breakdowns. And 17 percent doesn't sound too shabby to me.

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    8. So glad it's helpful!

      Girl Friday, it's up to 50K, 50-100K, and above. I believe "major" is over $500K, but I'd have to double check.

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    9. I love these charts! Thanks so much for making them.

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    10. Good at math or not, you're making the numbers approachable. Thanks for that.

      Rosie
      East for Green Eyes

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    11. All of these charts are great! Thanks so much for doing them, they're so interesting. I'm also surprised that 17% of deals are six-figure; I would guessed it was significantly less.

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    12. I think these charts are great. It's good to know this info. Thanks for posting them

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    13. This is great info! I'm a visual person so I love pie charts.

      Wish there was something like this out there for adult fiction. Fantastic job.

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    14. Thanks for doing this again, Kate! Much appreciated.

      What I'm wondering is how many of those major deals earn back their advance. I always feel like that'd be the worst part of having a major advance. But my fears are so premature, it's laughable.

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    15. Since we seem to be constantly hearing about multi-book deals, I am super shocked to see the number of (assumed) single book deals. Thanks for this!

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    16. Nice work! Glad to see there's still hope for writers with single titles. :)

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    17. Love the graphs! They help in visualizing the market (plus, the colors are pretty!) ;)

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    18. Thank YOU for doing this! Inspite of not being great at maths.

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    19. This is SO great! I'm inspired by the debut number. :)

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    20. I'm so impressed by your pie charts! Math isn't my thing, either, but I'm sure I couldn't figure out a percentage to save my life :-)

      The debut percentage is particularly inspiring. Thanks for putting this together!

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    21. I loooooove these charts. Thanks so much for sharing your findings. I guess the information is always in flux to some extent, but I think you've done an amazing job getting these figures.

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    22. Thanks for posting these graphs. They've answered several of my questions. :)

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