I did three hours of shelving books at the library last night and noticed a few things.
- Romance books are checked out WAY more than any other kind of fiction book. In the couple of carts worth of books that I put away, it was about 2 to 1.
- Mystery came in a distant second place.
- Most of the books checked out were from authors that have more than 5 other books on the shelf.
- Science fiction/fantasy/horror is pretty much not checked out…unless they are hybrids that live on the romance shelves.
- I put away about 1 large print book out of every 3 books that I handled.
- Linda Lael Miller has written way too many books. It took me about fifteen minutes to get her section sorted out because the books spanned about three shelves and were completely out of order.
So based on a one day, small sample size survey of my library, if you want to get rich as a published author, write books geared for women especially romance. This of course assumes that the same people that buy books have the same habits of people that check out books from the library. But if not, you can still make good money selling them to all the libraries.