PMN Releases State of Crime Fiction Industry

The excellent blog Pimp My Novel recently wrote up a State of the Union of Crime Fiction of sorts. Click here to read it. Here are some of the highlights as copy/pasted by me:

1) Mystery sales account for almost a quarter of all adult sales (units), so as long as your writing is solid and you've got a more-or-less original idea, you should be okay.

2) From what I hear, [crime fiction is] a great place to be over the next few years, so if you're writing in this genre: carry on.

3) From what I've observed in national account adult sales, the average advance for mystery/thriller/suspense is roughly in line with the average adult novel advance, which is to say, around $10,000 or so (in my experience, closer to $8,000). You could make as little as $1,000 on your debut novel and as much as a couple million; it all depends.

4) If your mystery/suspense/thriller is coming out this September (particularly in the second half of the month), you might be a little overshadowed. Otherwise, though, you should be fine.

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Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on August 30, 2009 at 3:12pm
Call me Hermes and put the bow down.
Comment by Donna Carrick on August 30, 2009 at 1:18pm
Benjamin, I'm appalled! Are you suggesting there might be a book coming out in Sept that might overshadow mine? Could there be some "brown" in the cover? Oh, very sly... ha ha!

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