I asked our reviewers to take some data over the last 3 months and I used it to try to work out just how difficult, or easy, it is for books to get themselves onto the Awesome Indies list.
I got varying amounts of data, some reviewers had read only a few books, some had read many, but when I averaged it out over all the reviewers, in general 60% of books submitted for evaluation are rejected. Around 15% are rejected from the Amazon sample alone.
I’ll be taking longer statistics to see how this pans out over a period of time, but what this tells us is that 60% of authors are disappointed. What I’d like to say to those authors is that even if your first book doesn’t make the list, your next one can. We hope that the feedback you get from our reviewers will help you to grow as an author, and our Explanation of the Criteria page has a lot of links on it to send you in the right direction to expand your knowledge of your craft.
Several authors have re-edited their books in accordance with reviewers’ suggestions then resubmitted them and achieved a listing on the second try. I take my hat off to those authors, for they are willing to put in the extra yards to make sure that their book is a product as anything put out by a major publisher.
What this statistic says to those whose books have made it to the list is that you can be proud of the standard you have achieved; it is not easy to get on this list. I hope that the reading community recognises that achievement and supports you because of it.
Here’s a trivia question. What in this text indicates that I don’t live in the USA?