Epic Fantasy Analysis September 27, 2013

Sorry, I ran this data a few days ago but didn’t have time to finish the analysis.  Once again it’s time to take a closer look at the Amazon’s Epic Fantasy Bestseller list for the Kindle. The data for this post was taken on 09/27/2013.

Traditional publishing continues its majority presence, but just barely (51% of the books published through that route). Self-publishing still is doing well with 40%. Small press and Amazon titles makes up very few of the overall list at 9%.

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When breaking down the list via authors we find that there are 46 authors (4% less than last report 8% less than 2 reports ago)  who have books on the list and self-publishing is providing the greatest number of contributors with 48%. Traditionally published authors increased to 41% from the last report.

 

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Just like the last report, the majority of these 46 authors have only one book on the list, and the percentage of single book authors was up slightly from 54% to 57% of the authors having one book on the list.

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The traditionally published authors with multiple books include:

  • Robert Jordan 11 books (5:$5.99, 2:$6.99, 3:$7.58, $7.99)
  • Brandon Sanderson 6 books ($2.99 (short), $4.99 (short), 2:$5.99, $7.01, $14.99, $15.55 (omni))
  • George R.R. Martin 6 books (2:$5.12, $5.69, $11.99, $15.72, $31.99 (omni))
  • J.R.R. Tolkien 3 books ($6.98, $7.01, $10.00)
  • Michael J. Sullivan* 3 books ($7.99 (omni), $8.89 (omni), $8.89)
  • Mark Lawrence 3 books (2:$5.99, $9.99)
  • Justin Cronin 2 books (3.99, $7.58)
  • Peter V. Brett 2 books ($4.55, $5.99)
  • Scott Lynch 2 books ($0.99, $11.84)
  • Terry Goodkind 2 books ($7.58, $12.74)
  • Terry Pratchett 2 books (2:$5.69)

The self-published authors with multiple books include:

  • Morgan Rice 5 books 4, 9, 14, 20, 55 1 (4:$2.99, $9.99 (omni))
  • Michael G. Manning 4 books 39, 45, 58, 65 1 ($0.99, $2.99, 2:$4.95)
  • Brian D. Anderson 4 books 11, 17, 28, 33 1 ($2.99, 3:$3.99)
  • Jordan Baker 4 books 57, 68, 74, 80 1 ($0.99, 3:$2.99)
  • B.T. Narro 3 books 60,72,89 1 (2: $3.99, $4.99)
  • Martin Hengst 2 books 24, 29 1 (2:$2.99)
  • Moira Katson 2 books 79, 85 1 ($0.99, $2.99)
  • Will Wight 2 books 7, 8 1 (2:$2.99)

The traditionally published authors with 1 book include:

  • Brent Weeks ($0.99 (short))
  • Brian McClellan ($1.99)
  • Chris Willrich ($8.69)
  • Deborah Harkness ($9.99)
  • Joe Abercrombie (9.99 (omni))
  • R. A. Salvatore ($9.78)
  • Stephen King ($7.01)
  • Terry Brooks ($10.99)

The self-published authors with 1 book include:

  • A.D. Trosper ($4.95)
  • Andrew Hunter ($0.99)
  • C. Greenwood ($2.99)
  • Casey Odell ($3.99)
  • David A Wells ($2.99)
  • Joseph Lallo ($2.99)
  • Leeland Artra ($5.99)
  • Mark Cheverton ($2.99)
  • Mitchell Hogan ($7.99)
  • P.S. Power ($3.99)
  • Terry Mancour ($4.99)
  • Thomas Rath ($3.99)
  • Toby Neighbors ($2.99)
  • Trevor H. Cooley ($3.99)

The Amazon & small press authors with multiple books include:

  • Jeff Wheeler 5 books (3:$2.99, 2:$4.99)

The Amazon & small press authors with 1 book include:

  • Chris Bunch 1 book ($3.03)
  • Greg Bear 1 book ($3.99)
  • Robert Kroese 1 book ($1.99)
  • Sherwood Smith 1 book ($4.50)

When we look at pricing. The majority of books are priced in the $4.99 – $9.99 range. But we did find downward pressure on price from the traditional sector. The average price for traditionally published books fell once more from $9.59 last two reports ago time to $7.91 this report. Self-publishing pricing, on the other hand, has increased to $3.64 up from $3.30 two reports ago. A look at the total price to purchase all books shows a decrease of 13% from $672.12 of two reports ago to $583.54.

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When it comes to gender, male authors continue to dominate the bestseller list. This report showed even fewer titles by women down to 17% from 28% two reports ago.

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Last report’s observations continue, in that women appear to be having more success in self-publishing than traditional. For instance:

  • 5% (1 of 19 of the traditional authors are female)
  • 100% (11 of 11) of the traditional authors with multiple books are male
  • 12.5% (1 of 8) of traditional authors with one book are female
  • 27% (6 of 22) of the self-published authors are female
  • 38% (3 of 8) of self-published authors with multiple books are female
  • 21% (3 of 14) of self-published authors with one book are female

* NOTE: I should put up a disclaimer that this entry refers to myself.

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