Female authors do better when they self-publish, survey finds

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16th March 2015 16:21 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

A recent survey has found that the amount of self-published, bestselling books, written by women, is almost double the amount of those published Female authors do better when they self-publish, survey findstraditionally.

The volume of authors choosing to go down the route of self-publishing their work is currently increasing at a rapid rate, due to a high volume of books being written and bought.

In 2013, it was discovered that 18 million self-published books were sold to consumers in the United Kingdom, an increase of 79 per cent from the year prior.

In the United States, there were 458,000 titles self-published in 2013, an increase of 17 per cent from 2012, and up 437 per cent from 2008.

In 2015, it has been found that female authors tend to be doing better than men, as 67 per cent of bestselling, self-published titles are written by women.

On the other hand, of Amazon’s top 100 traditionally-published books, men had written 61 per cent of them.

The survey also revealed that male authors are more likely to get more credit for their work than women, as it can be seen that many curated ‘top titles’ lists are still being dominated by male authors. For example, in the Telegraph’s “100 Novels Everyone Should Read”, 80 per cent were written by a man.

Similarly, in the Guardian’s “100 Greatest Novels of all Time”, 85 per cent are written by a male.

Although the research did not take into account self-published books on Kindle, due to Amazon not filtering out self-published from traditionally published titles, the researchers are confident that the findings are representative of the market.

The report claimed that self-publishing platforms, such as: Wattpad, Blurb, CreateSpace and Smashwords, are expanding at an impressive rate.

To arrive at their results, the researchers examined 227 bestselling self-published titles, both non-fiction and fiction.

The results showed that of the 134 fiction books, 109 were written by women and just 11 were written by a male.

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