Updated 30 January 2024
It doesn't matter if you're new to romance publishing or a seasoned pro; you've probably heard the phrase "write to market."
Many people think that writing to market means copying the trends visible in romance bestseller lists like Amazon Top 100.
The truth, however, is more complicated.
So what does "write to market" really mean?
Writing to market means writing with the market in mind. In this case, that's romance readers, and more specifically, romance readers of your sub-genre/niche, i.e., the specific type of romance you write. Every sub-genre and niche has a different readership with its own expectations, likes, and dislikes. Writing to market means learning what your market loves reading right now, and what they want to see more of.
And how do you find out what your romance readers love and want to see more of?
Two words: market research. This means going where romance readers congregate, including:
TikTok. Follow authors in your sub-genre/niche and bloggers covering books like yours.
Reddit forums like r/RomanceBooks, where you can filter your search for specific sub-genres, tropes, character archetypes, and settings.