What are romance books? What is the difference between romance and erotica? What do the emojis mean?

Today we are going to be talking about romance. The sweet, the steamy. All the different terms and things. Because we will be talking about romance books and their distinctions, which include erotica, this video is not for viewers under the age of 18. If you usually watch my videos with little ones in earshot, pause, and come back later.

Today we’re talking about romance. This is such a huge genre and encompasses so many types of books and subgenres I’m just going to dive right in with some data and hard-hitting facts.

As of October 2022:
Romance novels generate 1.44 Billion (with a b) in revenue each year, they are the highest-earning genre of fiction.
Many romance readers are voracious, they read an average of one novel a week. So they need 52 novels a year to keep going.

40+ Romance Novel Sales Statistics [2023]

Romance books are often criticized for being formulaic. But first of all, the formula works, readers come to expect these hallmarks in the stories, and the fun is in how you play with these expected points. First, each romance needs to have these elements:
Meet cute
Building the tension
They’re in love!
Oh but something is in the way.
Happily ever after.

Types of Romance Books
Religious Romance
Sweet Romance
Spicy Romance/Steamy Romance

So, those are your big bucket categories. As I mentioned in the trope vs subgenre video, there are a lot of both for romance. Some readers know they only want one type of romance book and they will read everything in that subgenre or trope. Some people know what they don’t want.

As self-publishing authors, romance is still a huge genre. It’s not just traditional publishing that sees success here. For people aiming to self-publish romance, this is a case where I recommend using KU/Kindle Select for the eBook for at least the first 90 days as the majority of romance readers consume these books via eReaders.

With all this said, I have a big announcement to make:

I’m writing a rom-com! I am working through the first draft right now. If by the time this video is edited and goes live I am further along I’ll cut in an update right… here
If you want updates about this book, to be a beta reader or just to hear what is going on with it: I will have an email signup link below. This will be separate from my science fiction or my self-publishing newsletters so if you are already subscribed there and want updates on this book, please sign up again. I’m going to keep these instances separate.

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On that note, what did I miss in this video? As a reader of the genre and novice writer of this genre, what do I need to know? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments.


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