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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

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According to RWA: 

All romances have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Beyond that, however, romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot.Romance fiction may be classified into various subgenres depending on setting and plot elements. These subgenres include:

  • Contemporary Romance: Romance novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship.
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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

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According to RWA: 

Geography of Romance Readers

29% of the Southern population reads romance

27% of the Western population reads romance

26% of the Midwest population reads romance

12.6% of the Northeast population reads romance

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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

Education Level of Romance Readers


42% have a bachelor’s degree or higher …

27% have college degrees

15% have post-graduate work or degrees

7% have associate degrees

17% have attended a trade school or have some college

23% have high school diplomas

According to RWA

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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

According to RWA: 

64.6 million Americans read at least one romance novel in the past year.

2002: 51.1 million readers in America

1998: 41 million readers in America

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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

According to RWA: 

Romance book buyers have an average income of $55,000.

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According to RWA: 

The U.S. romance book buyer is most likely to be aged between 30 and 54 years.

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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

According to RWA:

In what format are romance books being purchased? (source: Nielsen US Romance Landscape Q1 2014)

  • E-books: 39%
  • Mass-market paperback: 32%
  • Trade paperback: 18%
  • Hardcover: 9%
  • Audio: 1%
  • Other: 1%

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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

57% of Romance novels published are Romantic Suspense.

Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained: Expanded Edition

**Information from Maya Rodale’s Dangerous Books for Girls

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Romance Novel Fact of the Week

Romance Writers of America RITA Awards:

From the RWA Website:

In 1980, the newly formed Romance Writers of America identified contests and conferences as key activities to promote the romance genre. The association promptly organized contests with two major divisions: one for published books and the second for manuscripts by unpublished writers. Co-founder Rita Gallagher named the contest for unpublished authors the Golden Heart, while daughter and co-founder Rita Clay Estrada named the contest for published books the Golden Medallion.

The Golden Medallion award became the RITA award in 1990—RWA’s 10th anniversary. RWA held a contest in which members were invited to design a statuette to represent the RITA and excellence in published romantic fiction. The winning design was submitted by Marilyn Clay from the Dallas area. The contests have represented excellence in romantic fiction for nearly 30 years.

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Romance novels are 17% of the adult fiction category.

Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained: Expanded Edition

**Information from Maya Rodale’s Dangerous Books for Girls

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