While much of the publishing world is in decline because of their failure to figure out that things were transitioning to e-books, the romance publishing industry is strong and growing stronger. In fact, it could be said that romance publishing is sizzling hot.
Romance novels outsell Mysteries (including Thrillers and Suspense novels), Non-Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Children’s literature occupies a tiny share of the total market. Literary Fiction occupies an equally small portion of the publishing market.
Romance novels make up something on the order of 16% of all books sold. Not only that, but they are growing, selling more books every single year. While book sales in other areas are shrinking, romance novels have a loyal and growing following.