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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Breaking down romance....

..and I don't mean home-wrecking.   Today I'm looking at the kinds of romance available to download onto your Kindle and the number of different sub-genres available (or not).

I'm currently working on a romance set in the thirteenth century.   Bayard, a damaged knight of the crusades, has lately returned to England to find himself landless and destitute following the death of his father and the seizure of his estates.  In order to reclaim his birthright, he must accompany the Lady Adela north where she's soon to be married.  

But they're crossing dangerous territory - in every sense of the phrase.   Adela's bound in marriage to a man she's never met and desperate to escape her life of confinement.   Bayard's fighting his own demons and wonders if he'll have the strength to continue to battle against both Adela's desire to escape and his growing attraction for her.   It leaves him having to choose between regaining his family honour and protecting the most beautiful woman he's ever seen.......Watch this space!

I thought it might be worth doing some market research, to find how other authors have tackled this historical era and went onto Amazon's Kindle store.   Selecting "historical romance" gives a breakdown of the most popular romance genres and the number available.   They look like this, and obviously they'll be some crossovers:-

  • Total historical romances - 23,038
  • Regency - 4583
  • Scottish - 697
  • Victorian - 1114
  • Highlanders - 1435
  • Pirates - 361
  • Royalty and aristocrats - 705
  • Vikings - 1103
Interestingly, there's no sub-genre for knights, crusades, medieval ...or anything similar.  Is this simply because Amazon's forgotten to make this category?   Or because no one's writing them?   Or because no one's reading them?  

Searching the word "knight" brings up over 1400 books but the word could appear as the author's name or in titles that have nothing to do with medieval romance.

So what's your view on medieval romance?  Are you a devoted reader, or a dedicated author, or just someone who loves that period of history?  Or if you don't like these kinds of stories, which other genre do you prefer and why?

Leave me a comment or catch me over on Twitter - [at] avisexley.

Happy reading [and writing].  Avis xx


  1. There is a medieval category though I don't know how Amazon breaks it down from their end. I just know my books are in it. (Take a look at the categories in KDP and you'll find it) There isn't a ton of medieval competition but I've found it sells better in the UK than in America where they prefer their medieval men in kilts. Since moving my books to Scotland, I've made much better sales. But Highland romance is competitive with new books releasing constantly. Also I've had friends go into Regency and rank relatively high in spite of not being known which I find curious considering the competition, particularly from very well known names. As far as I can tell, there's no predicting it and I've given up trying :) Wishing you the best of luck! It's so nice to see you're still writing away!

  2. These are intriguing numbers. I have 3 medievals done in the King John period and adored doing them. It takes a while for them to "find their audience," sadly.
    But your plot sounds like a classic Romance of the chivalric period. BRAVO! They are few and far between. I did one myself and loved the conflict. FOR HER HONOUR for British publisher