The results of this survey, "Writing for Young Adults - A Look at the Numbers," are so interesting. Thanks to Hannah and the 48 anonymous YA authors for sharing this information with us all!
Here's are some highlights:
It took about 70% of young adult authors four or more years to publish their first book.
Large houses average debut copies sold: 22,200
Small houses with advance: 7,800 copies
Small houses without advance: 2,000 copies
Most young adult authors are rejected by publishers before their manuscript is accepted for publication. In fact, 8.5% receive more than 100 rejections.
It's well-worth reading.
Overall, it's helpful to have realistic expectations of the career-side of being an author.
Illustrate and Write On,