It’s a wrap …

I’d like to begin wrapping up the month of women’s books, comedy and entertainment, while imparting bits and pieces of my reading list for the new year. 

I think of my year in reading as I did in school. I begin to look for new people and things around the beginning of the school year, collect titles for the holiday breaks and lastly, gather those I will read for my summer vacation.

There are thousands of books of literature and popular fiction and dozens of genres and sub-genres, and keeping up with every author is daunting.

In the romance category, for instance, there are thousands, perhaps, tens of thousands of women who are currently being published and an equal amount of women seeking publication.

Speaking of publishing: 

Sobering Statistics About The Book Industry, published July 3, 2006 by Stephen Shapiro and reprinted from the internet. 

NOTEThe total for 2008 rose to 500,000 with similar breakdowns.

I recently attended the Book Expo of America (BEA) — the annual convention of the book industry. Thousands of new books are on display by hundreds of publishers. As an author, it is daunting to see how many new titles are released each year. In fact, I was given a few statistics that you may find interesting (and shocking). 

  Each year, there are 172,000 new books published in the United States.

  Of the 172,000, only 1,000 books sell more than 50,000 copies in retail channels

  Less than 25,000 sell more than 5,000 copies

  93% of books published (160,000) sell less than 1,000 copies

  According to one source, there are also over 200,000 books published in the United Kingdom each year. That’s nearly 400,000 books published each year in just the US and the UK. 

Sobering statistics for anyone who is (or wants to be) an author.


Five women I would like to get to know are on my list of authors. That means I’ll read both old and new publications by these woman and catch up with hundreds of thousands of readers who have already made each of them national and international best sellers. 

They are:  Jennifer Weiner, Jennifer Crusie, Elaine Viets, Peggy Webb and Charlaine Harris

Starting today, please leave a reading suggestion in the comments. I am interested in the variety of books I will have by the end of the week. 

Worm your way
Into a good book





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2 responses to “It’s a wrap …

  1. Janet

    If you’re interested in memoir, try Gail Caldwell, author of the current “Let’s Take the Long Way Home” and of “A Strong West Wind” from 2006-both beautifully written. She is the former chief book critic for The Boston Globe and is, I think, an amazing writer.


  2. christicorbett

    Thanks for the facts about publishing. Always interesting to see the competition, no matter how fierce 🙂

    Christi Corbett


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