Open Door – some interesting statsBy
I’ve had a quick look at the submissions for our recent Open Door period, and thought I’d share some stats with you. I was primarily interested in the breakdown of genre and gender.
Note: For gender, I merely used the first name given, so a binary (m/f) breakdown is all that is possible – I am unable to state that these figures are correct with regard to how the authors self-identify.
Out of 524 submissions received, these were the results:
|Science Fiction||Urban Fantasy||General Fantasy||
*Either initials were used instead of a first name, the first name is often used by men and women, or the first name was unfamiliar to me.
** Defined in the submissions guidelines as anything other than science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy
The most popular genre for male authors was science fiction (40.1%).
The most popular genre for female authors was general fantasy (34.6%).
Fantasy as a whole (general + urban) was responsible for 52.9% of submissions by women, but only 38.9% of submissions by men.
The “wtf” category* attracted 21.1% of male authors’ submissions and 17.6% of female authors’ submissions.
Across all genders, science fiction accounted for 36.1% of submissions, urban fantasy 16%, general fantasy 27.3% (so 43.3% for fantasy) and wtf 20.6%.
Interestingly, out of a 2 month submission window, nearly a quarter of all submissions were sent during the last week, with 14% sent in the last 2 days. 3 were sent on Christmas Day.
This is, of course, a small sampling of data, and it would be foolish to try to extrapolate much from it. It doesn’t tell us that more men are writing science fiction than women, it just tells us that during this short window, more men submitted their novels to one publisher, than women. It tells us nothing of the quality of the prose, nor the number of books written by the authors who submitted. It will be interesting to get more data once the books have been read by the editors.