I smiled and said nothing. I should have said this:
- Romance novels are the most economically successful book type in the fiction genre.
- They outsell mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels every year.
- Per the Romance Writers of America, the romance genre and its sub-genres have over 30 million dedicated readers.
- Romance novels regularly appear on the bestseller lists.
- In 2013 (the latest year statistics are available) romance novels had an estimated total sales of $1.08 billion. (Source: BookStats). Yes, that is billion.