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Urban Fantasy Trends (April 11, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 30 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 670, increased between 15 and 20% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 358 and 1014.

  • There were 26 standalone books, and 74 books which were in 50 unique series.
  • There were 82 books in KU, and 18 wide.
  • There were 18 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 82 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Crime(5), Domination(4), Slow Burn(-4) and Fae/Elves(3).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were wolf(8), shifter(8), dark(6) and king(6). See the whole list.

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Sales Rank Distribution


Covers


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were time(33), world(33), life(30) and dark(29). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 19 sentences across 6 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 45 were written in third-person
  • 54 were written in first-person
  • 0 of the first-person blurbs had more than one point of view

Setting vs Character in Blurbs

In this plot, each dot is a blurb. The percentages show how much of each blurb is about characters, and how much is about setting and events. Neither is better than the other, but this plot shows us whether blurbs in the Top 100 are mostly about one or the other, or a mixture.

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