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    Romance Industry Statistics

    Explore the results of Romance Writers of America's research on the romance fiction industry. These statistics offer insights to help you share in this billion-dollar-a-year industry.

    Popularity of Romance Fiction

    (source: Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2013)

    • Romance fiction generated $1.438 billion in sales in 2012.
    • Romance was the top-performing category on the best-seller lists in 2012 (across the NYT, USA Today, and PW best-seller lists).
    • Romance fiction sales are estimated at $1.350 billion for 2013.
    • 74.8 million people read at least one romance novel in 2008. (source: RWA Reader Survey)


    Market Share of Romance Fiction

    (source: Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2013)

    • Romance fiction was the largest share of the U.S. consumer market in 2012 at 16.7 percent.

    Romance Market Share Compared to Other Genres

    (source: Simba Information estimates)

    • Romance fiction: $1.438 billion in estimated revenue for 2012
    • Religion/inspirational: $717.9 million
    • Mystery: $728.2 million
    • Science fiction/fantasy: $590.2 million
    • Classic literary fiction: $470.5 million


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