Walking in my (worn out) shoes: the 2006 stats!
What does it take to find 15 excellent self-published titles?
The answer: More work than it took to find fifty.
The sob story:
Total number of queries received: 5,267
Total number of books considered: 1,666
Total number of books read to completion but did not get reviewed (the ones that came "this close"): 41
Total number of books submitted to me via email: 1,651
Total number of books not read past first page: 217
Total number of books not read past first paragraph: 23
Total number of books not read past first sentence: 8
Total number of books I read in one sitting, despite hunger, daybreak, and bathroom needs: 5
Total number of times I was harassed for not reviewing a submitted novel: 8
Most times a single author submitted a single book: 6
Total number of times an author asked me to purchase his or her book to garner a review: 6
Total number of POD books (that I had purchased) donated to local libraries: 14
Total number of POD books (that I had purchased) rejected from local libraries: 1
Total dollar amount spent on this venture: $0.00 (I do not count books purchased since I own them.)
Total dollar amount made on this venture: $0.00 (still)
Total number of emails received, since March 2005, (non-spam) to firstname.lastname@example.org: 173,366
Total number of gigabytes worth of data I received, since March 2005, in PDF files: @ 8.15 GB
Total number of unique hits to this blog for March 2006 - March 2007: 1,235,222
Number of selected/reviewed books by publisher:
Toadspittle Hill Productions: 1
Sunspot Press: 1
Total number of commercially published authors who got in contact to applaud this effort: 26
Total number of commercially published authors who got in contact to ask me to review their novels: 12
Total number of agents who requested to see the Needle awards data: 28
Total number of editors who requested to see the Needle awards data: 19
Total number of agents and editors who asked if they could be judges next year: 7 (As one agent put it, "Of course--we all want to get first dibs on reading these books!)
Total number of offers to buy my book if I would just surrender my identity: I stopped counting once I hit 1,000.
Here's hoping you enjoyed this year as much as I did!