Debut fiction did well in pandemic-hit 2020

Debut fiction did well in pandemic-hit 2020

Debut novelists performed solidly last year, despite widespread fears that they would lose out to more established authors due to 2020's pandemic-hit publishing schedules. 

In fact, there is a good argument that débuts fared better last year than 2019: of the top 150 fiction titles published in their original format in 2020 through BookScan’s ranked full-year chart which has no volume or value data, 11 were by début novelists, compared to 10 of the top 150 in the previous year. And even comparing 2020’s truncated data—BookScan had only 36 weeks of full figures last year—against 2019’s comp...

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