The PollyAnna Files has a very interesting Post on Market Trends in Romance.
Of course this is only one person’s opinion, but I think there are some common themes emerging from a number of sources.
Take away Conclusions:
*Feel good aspirational romance which inspires hope and postive energy is still the choice in these difficult ecomonic times.
*Perseverence and success in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is always a good theme.
(Historicals will hold steady, but do give the eras of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII a try, although I expect these will probably be most popular in about 5 years. If Europe, Puritans vs. the Cavaliers, and Tudor era would work. the The authors MUST do the research on those, as ever. Less costume dramas, more historical meat.
But of course we knew that as readers.