f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: A Study of <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Coverage of CBA Fiction

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Study of Publishers Weekly Coverage of CBA Fiction

It seemed to my colleague and I that fewer CBA titles were finding themselves reviewed by Publishers Weekly in recent months. So I decided to do a little study. Using the review archives online I've compiled the following. (2006 numbers are obviously only to date.)

2006 - 15 reviews* - 9 publishers - of these, 8 appear in annex*
2005 - 57 reviews* - 12 publishers - of these, 7 appear in annex*
2004 - 36 reviews* - 14 publishers - of these, 2 appear in annex*
2003 - 33 reviews - 11 publishers
2002 - 61 reviews - 12 publishers
2001 - 52 reviews - 10 publishers
2000 - 22 reviews - 6 publishers

*The review annex is "bonus" reviews found only online at publishersweekly.com.

As it stands, so far in 2006 only 7 reviews of books from only 5 CBA houses have appeared in the print magazine. At our current rate we'll have about 16 total reviews in the print version, easily the lowest total in years.

I'll try and dig up some answers on the shift. Till then, see you in the annex.