What genre? How long? Who’s reading? Very interesting infographic!
Galleycat has posted another cool infographic here. This shows different elements and how successful they are for different kinds of books. The primary points I located are:
–Women are 50% more likely to finish a book than men, meaning that women are also more likely to become loyal fans.
–Literature is more likely to become a top-grossing novel than other types, with sci-fi a strong second. This goes against everything authors are told in general chatter…literature and sci-fi are supposed to be tough sells. So, as always, write from your heart, not for the market!
–30% of readers will put down a book by page 50. So hone not only those first five pages but the opening segment (the first 50 or so pages).