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Bad news for aspiring Fantasy and Sci-Fi writers …

… Romance is where the action is.

Romance Market Share Compared to Other Genres

(source: Simba Information estimates)
Romance fiction: $1.358 billion in estimated revenue for 2010
Religion/inspirational: $759 million
Mystery: $682 million
Science fiction/fantasy: $559 million
Classic literary fiction: $455 million

Via the [Romance Writers of America] website.

Yep, that’s right – in 2008 74.8 million people read at least one romance novel to the tune of over 1 billion dollars.  Double-plus the science-fiction/fantasy numbers.

So, next time you are dreaming up some pungent chest-bursting science-fantasy to sooth your inner geek you may wish to reconsider that storyline as a romantic bodice-buster instead.  Remember: in romance the space suits are skin tight, adding to the atmosphere of mounting sexual tension and anyone blasted out of an airlock must be heroically saved.

hat tip [Hot Air]

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