A couple of weeks ago literary agent Rachelle Gardner surveyed readers of her blog to discover how many were writers and of those writers, what genre they wrote in. The largest percentage were Fantasy/Sci-Fi writers. Rachelle took this a step further and looked at fiction book deals as listed on Publishers Marketplace. At fifth place Fantasy/Sci-Fi was near the bottom for the surveyed months of April and October 2010.
Although these polls can't be seen as definitive it still makes interesting reading. Readers seem to want to read fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi and writers are writing in this genre but the publishing figures don't appear to mirror these trends. Take a look at Rachelle's blog to see what her readers made of these statistics - and of course I'd love your comments here too!
PS: the photo is of a random selection of books currently on my bookcase - not all of them romance!