It is interesting to compare EC with self publishing search trends (Google trends) #notchilled
— Wylie (@oldCalicoJack) November 30, 2014
So I decided to pull up the map, then got on searching a few combinations of other interesting things.
There are a few things we can glean from this chart.
- Google searches for “Ellora’s Cave” peaked in 2006. Note that I don’t disambiguate between the publisher and the caves in India, so this is combined.
Interest in self-publishing has been in a slight decline over the last few years, but EC’s Google trends are in a far more marked decline.
Indie publishing as a search term is now also about as common as Ellora’s Cave.
Even though search trends for DA start two years later, DA’s been consistently more popular since 2012. Which is interesting.
Erotic romance had a dip, and during that dip, it was occasionally a less popular search term than Ellora’s Cave. However, it’s stratospherically more important a search term than Ellora’s Cave is now.
Erotic romance is a popular search term in the Philippines.
It does surprise me that the second most popular country for this search term is Pakistan. Anyone have any theories on that?
Meanwhile, Ellora’s Cave is only of trending-quantity interest in the US and the UK. Not Canada, Philippines, Australia, Pakistan, Malaysia, or India (the other popular countries for the search term “erotic romance”).
Self-explanatory popularity map for self-publishing as a search term.
So I looked into several EC authors and this chart including Laurann Doehner is particularly interesting. She’s far more famous than her publisher. (This does tend to happen when an author becomes particularly popular.)
Taking Laurann out of the equation, EC and Jaid Black have tended to trend similarly over the last three years.