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I think it's a general assumption that there are more people writing
short fiction than there are consumers reading it (and if that's not a
universally held assumption, I'd love to be corrected).

I just set up a little poll with vizu to try and get a feel for what the
actual statistic might be, within the realm of people I can reach (which
admittedly is skewed more towards writers of short fiction than readers
of short fiction). So on that note, the more you could share the poll,
I'd appreciate it. :)

What's your influence on the world of written fiction?

Any feedback would be appreciated. :)

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cussedness
Nov. 14th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I took the poll. nyah!
kaolinfire
Nov. 14th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Please, if you can, to spread it around. =) The more people voting, the better the statistic!
kakubeki
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Cool idea with the poll, and I'm heading right over there, but (^_^)

A consideration for the assumption that there are more writers than consuming readers: every writer of short fiction is a reader of short fiction; all it takes is for one writer to produce a reader (paying or otherwise) and *BANG* more readers.

Plus - there are LOTS of books out there. The projection in 2002 for 2007 was for 2.5 billion unit sales (this is the latest data I can find). Between 1996 and 2002 there were over 17 billion copies of books sold* - these tallies account for returns, btw.

Granted, this isn't all short fiction specifically, but that's a pretty high number of readers there.

I know - far from the whole story - I'd like to get a bead on the number of writers, maybe using stats from duotrope or Writers' Market.

And it would be nice to get numbers for the specific category. It might be possible to work backwards from the same duotrope and WM data (etc.).

*reference: "The Book Publishing Industry" by Albert N. Greco.
kaolinfire
Nov. 14th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
The poll is really just focused on short fiction... the "novels" question is meant as a baseline. There are definitely lots of books out there, and lots of readers of books. And far fewer writers of novels than there are published books, I think.

And you say every writer of short fiction is a reader of short fiction, but that's not true. It's a common assumption, and I think _most_ writers of short fiction are readers of short fiction. But while many people say "all are", it seems a few do speak up and say, "I'm not".

Getting a bead on writers from duotrope sounds like an excellent idea.
kakubeki
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
well, they at least read their own... eh? yeah, got you there - feel the burn...

:ducks:
kaolinfire
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
I think you've been out of slush for a while, if you think everyone reads what they write. :)
kakubeki
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
AHH! Too-shay (much too shay). your kung-fu is strong.
kaolinfire
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
J'ai plus fu!
kakubeki
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh Man - I LOVE that survey tool! Very nicely integrated too. What a great find.
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