My thanks to my friend and fellow writer John Trelawny for drawing my attention to this story from yesterday's Times Online. It concerns Catherine O’Flynn, whose mystery story What Was Lost won the First Novel prize at this week's Costa Book Awards despite having been rejected by 20 agents and publishers:
According to the article, of 85,933 new books published last year, as many as 58,325 sold an average of just 18 copies.
As John says, it's both an encouraging story (for optimists) and a discouraging one (for the others). John optimistically points out that his book Islanders sold way, way more than the average!