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812 traditionally published authors were asked to give feedback on the firms that publish them. Our data reveals widespread discontent – more authors (37%) would choose to leave their current publisher if offered the same advance by a rival house, than those (33%) who would choose to stay. Yet our data also shows that authors are highly sceptical of self-publishing, with only 15% expecting they would improve their financial position by so doing.

The survey was conducted by Agent Hunter (in the UK) and Jane Friedman in the US. The survey was open to all traditionally published authors, whether or not they had also self-published. 812 responses were collected, of which 39% were from Britain/Ireland, and 58% from US/Canada. Authors were typically very experienced (57% had published 5 or more books), recently published...

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