I am not a big romance fiction reader but I just watched an archived Booklist webcast about Romance Fiction and discovered that more romance fiction is sold in America than mystery/suspense, science fiction and fantasy novels.
Here is an interesting stat from Romance Writers of America: 74.8 million people read a romance novel in 2008.
Have you ever thought about the subgenres of romance fiction? There is the paranormal, historical, contemporary, suspense, regency, inspirational.
Here are some facts I got from the webcast:
· Most people like reading a romance series like the Black Cobra Quartet by Stephanie Laurens
· Historical romance fiction is making a comeback.
· Romance based on the Victorian era, paranormal romance featuring vampires, and romance based Westerns are very popular
· Bestselling romance authors include: Stephanie Laurens, Amanda Quick, Elizabeth Boyle, Tess Dare and so many others.
· Avonbooks.com is the site to check for romance fiction published by HarperCollins.