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Survey Time Stats
Average Completion Time: 5min 58sec (Min: 1min 4sec, Max: 221min 59sec)
Average Time before Quit: 3min 7sec


1. About how long does it take you to write 250 words of fiction (about one average typed manuscript page).
Less than 10 minutes - 40 10.31% 10.31%
10 to 20 minutes - 147 37.89% 37.89%
About 30 minutes - 123 31.70% 31.70%
About 1 hour - 53 13.66% 13.66%
About 2 hours - 17 4.38% 4.38%
About 3 hours - 3 0.77% 0.77%
Four or more hours - 5 1.29% 1.29%
Total Answers - 388


2. Are you currently writing a novel?
No - 48 12.34% 12.34%
Yes - 341 87.66% 87.66%
Total Answers - 389


3. How long do you plan this book to be?
Less than 60,000 words - 19 5.59% 5.59%
60,000 to 79,999 words - 48 14.12% 14.12%
80,000 to 99,999 words - 126 37.06% 37.06%
100,000 to 119,999 words - 75 22.06% 22.06%
120,000 words or more - 33 9.71% 9.71%
Don\'t Know - 39 11.47% 11.47%
Total Answers - 340


4. Have you ever finished a novel?
No - 201 51.80% 51.80%
Yes - 187 48.20% 48.20%
Total Answers - 388


5. What was its finished word length? If you have finished more than one novel, estimate your average novel length.
Less than 60,000 words - 23 12.17% 12.17%
60,000 to 79,999 words - 38 20.11% 20.11%
80,000 to 99,999 words - 62 32.80% 32.80%
100,000 to 119,999 words - 43 22.75% 22.75%
120,000 words or more - 20 10.58% 10.58%
Don\'t Know - 3 1.59% 1.59%
Total Answers - 189


6. Did you revise your finished work?
No - 29 15.34% 15.34%
Yes - 160 84.66% 84.66%
Total Answers - 189


7. How many revisions did you do? (If you have written multiple novels, please estimate the average number of revisions you do per novel.)
1 - 23 14.47% 14.47%
2 - 29 18.24% 18.24%
3 - 49 30.82% 30.82%
4 - 26 16.35% 16.35%
5 - 7 4.40% 4.40%
6 - 12 7.55% 7.55%
7 - 3 1.89% 1.89%
8 - 1 0.63% 0.63%
9 - 0 0.00% 0.00%
10 - 3 1.89% 1.89%
more than 10 - 6 3.77% 3.77%
Total Answers - 159


8. Best guess, how long does an average revision take you?
Less than 1 week - 16 10.00% 10.00%
1 to 3 weeks - 26 16.25% 16.25%
1 month - 35 21.88% 21.88%
2 months - 21 13.13% 13.13%
3 months - 20 12.50% 12.50%
4 to 7 months - 22 13.75% 13.75%
8 months to 1 year - 7 4.38% 4.38%
More than 1 year - 3 1.88% 1.88%
Revision Still In Progress - 10 6.25% 6.25%
Total Answers - 160


9. Have you submitted your work for publication?
No - 77 40.74% 40.74%
Yes - 112 59.26% 59.26%
Total Answers - 189


10. On average, how many times do you submit a finished book before it is accepted or you put it aside?
1 - 47 21.08% 21.08%
2 - 14 6.28% 6.28%
3 - 18 8.07% 8.07%
4 - 12 5.38% 5.38%
5 - 32 14.35% 14.35%
6 - 6 2.69% 2.69%
7 - 6 2.69% 2.69%
8 - 4 1.79% 1.79%
9 - 2 0.90% 0.90%
10 - 8 3.59% 3.59%
more than 10 - 74 33.18% 33.18%
Total Answers - 223


11. Have you written one or more unfinished novels?
No - 71 18.30% 18.30%
Yes - 317 81.70% 81.70%
Total Answers - 388
12. How many unfinished novels have you written?
1 to 5 - 238 74.61% 74.61%
6 to 10 - 48 15.05% 15.05%
11 to 15 - 18 5.64% 5.64%
16 to 25 - 11 3.45% 3.45%
26 to 49 - 2 0.63% 0.63%
50 or more - 2 0.63% 0.63%
Total Answers - 319


13. Best guess, how many pages is your average unfinished novel?
Less than 10 pages - 15 4.70% 4.70%
10 to 29 pages - 37 11.60% 11.60%
30 to 49 pages - 45 14.11% 14.11%
50 to 74 pages - 44 13.79% 13.79%
75 to 99 pages - 37 11.60% 11.60%
100 to 199 pages - 79 24.76% 24.76%
200 to 299 pages - 38 11.91% 11.91%
300 to 399 pages - 16 5.02% 5.02%
400 to 499 pages - 4 1.25% 1.25%
500 or more pages - 4 1.25% 1.25%
Total Answers - 319


14. How long does it take you to come up with an idea that you then use?
Less than an hour - 47 12.05% 12.05%
1 hour to 1 day - 64 16.41% 16.41%
2 days to 6 days - 52 13.33% 13.33%
1 week to 1 month - 68 17.44% 17.44%
Months - 29 7.44% 7.44%
It's not something I can do on purpose--I get hit by inspiration - 130 33.33% 33.33%
Total Answers - 390


15. How long do you plan your story before you start writing, including character development, worldbuilding, plot outlining, and other background work?
I don't plan. When I have an idea, I start writing. - 22 5.64% 5.64%
I don't plan. The idea gestates for a while, and THEN I start writing. - 119 30.51% 30.51%
Less than 24 hours - 13 3.33% 3.33%
1 to 6 days - 48 12.31% 12.31%
1 week to 3 weeks - 84 21.54% 21.54%
1 to 3 months - 66 16.92% 16.92%
4 or more months - 38 9.74% 9.74%
Total Answers - 390


16. What is your hourly income? (NOT FROM WRITING, unless you write for a living. Just how much you get paid per hour for whatever work you do.)

If you are an UNPAID SPOUSE/DOMESTIC PARTNER working out of the home, figure how much it would cost to hire people do do what you do, add that up, and figure that as your annual income. Follow the steps above.

If you are UNEMPLOYED, figure the amount you made at your previous job.

If you have NEVER BEEN EMPLOYED, use your area's minimum wage as your income.

If estimating from annual salary, MULTIPLY hours per week X 52 (weeks in year). DIVIDE your annual salary by the RESULT.
Calculator here: http://www.calculator.org/jcalc98.html Will open in new window.

IF CONVERTING YOUR INCOME TO US DOLLARS,
figure your hourly wage as above, then convert the hourly wage into US currency.
Currency converter to US dollars here:
http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html
Will open in new window.

(ALL answers including this one are anonymous. This is the one that will make it possible for me to figure out how much it is costing you to write a book.)
Less than $10/hour - 97 24.94% 24.94%
$10-19/hour - 134 34.45% 34.45%
$20-29/hour - 80 20.57% 20.57%
$30-39/hour - 38 9.77% 9.77%
$40-49/hour - 14 3.60% 3.60%
$50-79/hour - 15 3.86% 3.86%
$80-99/hour - 5 1.29% 1.29%
$100 per hour or more - 6 1.54% 1.54%
Total Answers - 389


17. On average, many hours do you spend writing each week?
Fewer than 5 hours - 56 24.14% 24.14%
5 to 9 hours - 71 30.60% 30.60%
10 to 14 hours - 53 22.84% 22.84%
15 to 19 hours - 19 8.19% 8.19%
20 to 29 hours - 18 7.76% 7.76%
30 to 40 hours - 12 5.17% 5.17%
More than 40 hours - 3 1.29% 1.29%
Total Answers - 232


Thank you for taking this survey. Analysis will be reported in about a week from today, June 23, 2008.

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