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Just Another Everyday Author September 13, 2011

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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I went to a family reunion recently and learned of another author in the family. She, too, writes young adult fiction and is traditionally published. What are the chances?

Years ago, they would have been slim to none, but authors are becoming more common. The United States has a population of about 312 million, and each year about one-half million books are published here. More than half of these books are self-published (publication paid by the author) while somewhat less than half are traditionally published (publication paid by a publisher).

Some authors may have more than one book published in a year, but if we figure one book per author, this calculates to roughly 1 in 600 Americans getting published every year. If we just look at traditional authors who are getting paid for their work, the figure drops to 1 in 1,200 people, but still, this is every year. With people living into their 70’s and 80’s and having many years to write a book, it isn’t so unusual to be an author or come across others who are . . . even at family reunions!