When I started writing seriously (not just for fun but with the intention to be published) I discovered that there are around 5,000 new books published in the USA every month – 60,000 a year. And that’s just one country. If we add in all the books from Poland, Brazil, Australia, Germany, India, Iran, China and every other country, we’re going to have quite a few books a year – something approaching a grazillion books a year. Then, added to that, are the 15 heptagrazillion books already published – that people are still reading – and we have something over 35 metaheptagrazillion books out there … and the pile is getting bigger by the minute!
I was overwhelmed. What is the chance of standing out in that crowd, huh? Actually, the odds are a metaheptagrazillion to one – not good odds at all.