A few weeks ago, I asked my blog followers and newsletter subscribers what they want in their romances right now, and 49 of you wonderful people took the time to respond – THANK YOU!! I’d promised to share the numbers with you, so here they are.
“Count” refers to 1 vote, and all votes came from USA readers.
One thing to keep in mind is that answers for “favorite romance genres” will skew toward what I write (contemporary, paranormal, and romantic suspense) because the respondents have obviously chosen to follow me based on what I write. 🙂 This exercise was useful to me because it helped me understand what my audience currently prefers.
Overall, the results are fascinating even if they are not on a large scale—particularly what people would like to see more of in their romances. Hope you find it interesting as well.
How many books do you read in a typical month?
What are your 3 favorite ROMANCE genres?
What ROMANCE genres do you avoid?
What tropes/plot devices do you enjoy?
Other answers: Secret baby (1), all of the above (1)
Tropes/plot devices you avoid, or are tired of reading.
Other answers: none (4), pregnancy (1), step brother (3), historical (1)
How do you find new-to-you authors?
Additional responses: book review blogs (4), Facebook (8), Instagram (1), Twitter (3), browsing bookstores (2), newsletters (1), newspaper columns (1), reader groups (1), freebies (1)
What influences you to try a new-to-you author?
Other responses: reviews on online retailers (1), free book (1)
What would you like to see more of in the romances you read?
Within this question, 23 individuals completed “other” responses with the following age ranges specified: 30s (12), 40s (20), 50s (13), 60s (7) <<<< ISN’T THAT SO INTERESTING?! I will definitely incorporate more of these age ranges in future books.
Other comments: longer books vs. novellas (1), more books that interlink characters from other stories (1)
Once again, thank you to everyone who took the time to respond! Feel free to post any thoughts or questions in the comments below. 🙂