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About the Romance Market

Each year, more romance novels are published than books in any other category. With a lock on over 53% of all popular paperback books sold, romance sales are more than double that of the next most popular genre (mystery/detective/suspense).

With such a high demand for romance novels, you have a very good shot at getting your work published as newcomer to the market.

Barbour Publishing ( publishes about 80 romance titles by first-time authors each year … Thorndike Press, about 70 … and Stylewriter (, about 30.

If you'd prefer to try your hand in the magazine market, Cicada Magazine ( and Woman's World offer the best bucks for your efforts.

If you've ever dreamed of writing a romance novel, now is a great time to get started. That's because the romance market keeps getting larger each year.

Over the past five years, the number of romance readers in America grew from 41 million to well over 51 million. Of that number, according to statistics compiled by the Romance Writers of America (RWA):

  • 57% read between one and five romances per year.
  • 17% read between six and 10 romances per year.
  • 8% read between 11 and 20 romances per year.
  • 12% read between 21 and 50 romances per year.
  • 4% read between 51 and 100 romances per year.
  • 2% read more than 100 romances per year.
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Published: September 6, 2004

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