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Curious. There appear to be lots of self-pubbed authors in North Florida... specifically in Jacksonville, Sarasota and Orlando.


Source link: https://blog.aboutamazon.com/books-and-authors/top-cities-and-states-in-the-u-s-for-self-publishing-authors

Amazon just reported the vicinities in the USA where the most KDP authors live. Incidentally, California has the most KDP authors of any state; NYC has the most KDP authors of any city; Oregon state has the most KDP authors per capita; and Colorado Springs has the most per capita.

But, back to North Florida. What the hey? No disparagement, I like Florida. But I don't associate that area with literary stuff. Could the reason be...

retirees?

taxes?

alligators?
 

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I like alligators, let's go with alligators.  But also, you can't discount the Southern heat.  There's probably three months out of the year where people in North Florida think, yep, screw the outdoors today, maybe I'll write a book.  Heh, or maybe there are real reasons.  Floridians are natural storytellers?  I've definitely met a few who could talk you ear off.
 

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Lots of retired folks in Florida that always wanted to write a book and become famous. Or, rich.
 

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boxer44 said:
Lots of retired folks in Florida that always wanted to write a book and become famous. Or, rich.
Yeah! Sounds like a Seinfeld episode.

Surprising though that there's no South Florida in there. Key West? Hemingway's hangout? Nope.

NikOK said:
Floridians are natural storytellers? I've definitely met a few who could talk you ear off.
Floridians are indeed colorful!

 

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Author demographics favors retirees. No real surprises.

Would be interesting to see the split of genre by location.

Edit: Jacksonville has a writers club that meets every week, I didn't look at the other cities but here's a list for all the groups in Florida.
https://floridawriters.net/membership/writers-groups/
Possible there is a magnet group in the North of Florida that spins off more writers than the other states... "here's how you publish your books".

Perhaps a demographic of kboards could be fun to map out too.

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Oh, man, haha. I lived most of my life in South Florida. Chattahootchie floors and jealousy windows.

Really nice people. From what I saw.
 

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I am in central Florida (as is Orlando). Not retired. I was born here.
Leesburg, formerly Jacksonville ... retired and loving it. Love that Apopka Wildlife Drive
Happy camping ... M44
 

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Where did they get this info?

I have a hard time believing Portland is #3 on the list. I rarely meet people who even know what KU is.

I don't know many fellow PNW authors but that might be a genre thing. Romance seems underrepresented in liberal and/or urban areas.
 

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I'm in Chicago. There are a few of us around here, but maybe not many of us per capita. The cost of living is high here and the weather sucks in summer and in winter and most of spring. When our kids are out of school we'll probably leave.
 

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Maybe because Florida has a population of about 21 million people, so it's the third most populated U.S. state?

I curious about these Louisville peeps. 10 per capita?? In Louisville?
 

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I asked the question to an ex-colleague now living in Florida. He told me there is a high presence of Romance writers in Flordia.

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HA! Floridaman looks pretty ridiculous and I like it. I bet it has great fan-boat chase scenes.
Here you go. It's a Kickstarter actually, I have no connection to it but it looks good;



I just happened to have browsed it a couple days ago.

kickstarter.com/projects/chrisbraly/florida-man-the-graphic-novel
 

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markpauloleksiw said:
I asked the question to an ex-colleague now living in Florida. He told me there is a high presence of Romance writers in Flordia.
That would make sense; but funny how they all seem bunched in the top half of the state? I don't know.

Perhaps Wayne Stinnett may chime in? NINC chairperson, Florida man. If he doesn't know I don't know who would!
 

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That would make sense; but funny how they all seem bunched in the top half of the state? I don't know.

Perhaps Wayne Stinnett may chime in? NINC chairperson, Florida man. If he doesn't know I don't know who would!
Isn't that the more conservative part of Florida? Romance skews conservative.

It's very conservative in the literal definition of the word: it reenforces gender roles& the marriage + kids as an endgame for everyone as the status quo. And the readers tend to skew moderate to conservative as well (according to my FB data at least, and I push feminism + questioning of gender norms pretty hard in my books).

(Not all books or all authors, but in general).
 

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I live in fort myers, which is an hour and a half from Sarasota.

There are a LOT of artsy/ creative types that live there. It’s the one I am familiar with because I live close by, but I’m sure it is the same for the other cities in Florida. There is the Sarasota opera, ballet, and orchestra that are there. There is another professional orchestra there called the Venice symphony. There is the ringling museum and the ringling school of art. FSU also has a theater campus there and there is the New College of Florida that is there. Retired circus performers live there.

Stephen king and Mary Grand Pre live in Sarasota.

 
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