And since what I'm writing might be a historical romance (or is it a historical with romantic elements?), I thought I'd noodle around on Google and see what I could find.
Romance as a genre is worth $1.08 billion, which is something like one-fifth of all adult book sales. It's the size of the mystery genre and sci-fi/fantasy combined. According to the Romance Writers of America, in 2014, women made up 82% of romance readers. Most romance readers are in the 30-44 age range.
64 percent of romance readers read romance more than once a month. 35% buy romance more than once a month.
Romance readers adapted pretty early to ebooks and e-readers, but there is a fairly substantial print mass market format business still going strong.
Top Romance subgenres read by format:
Print: romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance, erotic romance, New Adult, paranormal romance; Young Adult romance, Christian romance.
Ebook: romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic, historical romance, paranormal romance, New Adult, YA, and Christian romance.
|Graph from The Business of Romance Novels Presentation|