Stats & Trends — NestPitch 2014

tumblr_mzd9dpX6nH1shf8zxo1_500Hello All,

As we round up to the end of the month, it’s time to share some stats with you all. (everyone loves stats as much as me right?It’s OK, I’ve done all the work for you.

**Note:I will be sending out Scorecards to the 10-reserves & posting the results of those scorecards in two days. I decided to split the scorecards and stats when I realised how much space the stats would need.

So down to the Fun Facts & Figures.

We had around 220 submissions, of which almost 200 were accepted. (Several did not meet the guidelines, remember people Submission 101- follow the guidelines). The final submissions were made up of:

24 % = Picture Books / 11 % = MG  /  33% = YA  /  8 % = NA  /  24% = Adult30. Tawny-bellied hermit

Of those submitted the following % were selected by the Bloggers to feature on their blogs (as a number not a %):

PB = 4 / MG = 10 /YA = 31 / NA = 10 / Adult = 17

The first thing you might notice is that, while the % of Picture Book submissions was high, the number selected was quite low.  Without going into a great deal of detail, what I can say is we all saw so much potential in so many of the PB’s but many simply weren’t submission ready.  The other thing I find interesting is how many NA’s were selected in comparison to the number submitted.  As you can see, NA submissions made up 8% of the total but the number selected equalled that of MG.  More on NA further down – some interesting trends 🙂

Because I know everyone likes pretty pictures, here’s a chart which will better explain the above:

Agent Requests turned

The above compares the number of category manuscripts selected by the Bloggers (blue) with the number of requests from Agents (violet).  As you can clearly see, while YA was both selected and requested the most, the difference between selected and requested is smallest between the NA & Adult categories. Below we compare, submitted, selected & requested:

Chart 2 turned

As you can clearly see the pale blue, (NA= pale blue), in the first column shows it was the least submitted category, followed by MG. The third column shows the difference in the number submitted and the number selected by the bloggers.  Again, NA stands out.  While the physical number is low, the % of selected by blogger compared to submitted by pitch-ee, blows all the other’s out of the water.  Further down you may see why this is.

Now, before I go further, we have to take out the variable of solid writing.  If  the writing wasn’t solid, the pitch would not have been selected.  We must also take out the possibility of a pitch chosen based on Category alone, i.e. to make up the numbers.  When it comes to category diversity, first must always come quality of writing, followed by category diversity.  The reason I’m qualifying this is, further down as there appear to be some obvious trends that might explain the above graph.

The next graph looks at across the board category (excluding PB).  What we are looking for is, regardless of category, what are the agents genre choices.

Chart3 turnedAs you can see, the most popular choices by the agents were clearly fantasy or fantasy mix. By mix I mean, Historical-Fantasy, Fantasy-Romance, etc.  Contemporary, Romance, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller and WF also were quite popular.

However, what the above chart doesn’t take into account is the numerous requests for the same pitch.  And of course we need to keep in mind that the agents who took part in NestPitch have their own preferences, even so, with ten agents from nine agencies, the cross-section of agent WishList was well catered for.

Below I have included all 98 requests from agents, including multiple agents requesting the same pitch. As you can see, fantasy and contemporary were the most popular pitches.  And Fantasy-mix was quite healthy too as was Romance-mix.  In fact, Romance-mix was much more popular than straight Romance, this may be something to keep in mind; Romance + (something else such as say mystery or adventure) = larger interest pool.  Naturally, the below is a small selection and we can neither dismiss a genre (e.g. Romance) nor a category.  Also, NEVER write to “meet the trend” because, let’s face it, by the time you’re done fashion/taste may have changed.

Chart4 turned

Now lets look more closely at each category (excluding PB’s) and what’s trending. MG submission break down; largest portion of MG submissions were in the Fantasy genre, though contemporary was close second:

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YA submission break down; largest portion of YA submissions were in the Fantasy genre, though, as with MG, contemporary was second:

Chart YA Turned

NA submission break down;  while  the largest portion of NA submissions were in the Romance/Romance-mix genre’s, I have to say, with a HUGE smile on my face, that more than ½ of the submissions were not Romance Genre based.

I say this with a smile because this goes to prove two things.  New Adult IS A CATEGORY – accept it folks! And non NA Romance novels are being written and requested by agents… and this is why I feel there was such a strong request % for NA in NestPitch – because they were not all romance.  Don’t get me wrong, romance is great, but diversity is always what we strive for 🙂

NA Chart turned

Adult submission break down; largest portion of Adult submissions were in the Fantasy genre, though barely, with Contemporary, Women’s Fiction and Fantasy-Mix all following close behind – and yes I know Fantasy-Mix is still Fantasy 🙂

Adult Chart turned

And finally, I have a breakdown of the pages requested by the agents as a table showing what was the most common request size. What I find interesting here is the peaks and dips. Most agents requested at least 25-pages + Synopsis with around the same number of requests for 50- pages as there were for 15-pages.

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I hope everyone had fun playing along with Nestpitch 2014, remember come back in a few days time to see which pitches made the reserves – and you are welcome to give feedback/leave comments.

So until then, Ciao-Ciao for now 🙂

And now, please excuse my indulgence in some shameless self-promotion:

BottyShake_randomgoodstuff The Nestpitch blog up for BEST BLOG Site 2014 (Australia) & there’s also a Peoples Choice Award.   Voting is open to everyone worldwide & is anonymousso I’ll never know if you voted or not (but if you do, thank you, I know some of you have already voted, & this is greatly appreciated).  If you can spare a  minute and would like to vote, here’s the link:

4 thoughts on “Stats & Trends — NestPitch 2014

  1. You’re welcome Cheryl — I’m glad you found it interesting. I’m a bit of a Stat-ophile so for me it was a joy collecting the figures, though I have to admit, converting a excel chart/graph to a jpeg was all kinds of “FUN” lol.


  2. Reblogged this on Cassandra Page and commented:
    If you guys like stats, or just like to get a closer look at agent request trends and that sort of thing, check out this very informative post by Nik over at NestPitch on how the numbers shook out during that pitching contest.


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