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Historical Romance Trends (January 09, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 35 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 1479, increased between 15 and 20% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 797 and 2503.

  • There were 44 standalone books, and 56 books which were in 38 unique series.
  • There were 64 books in KU, and 36 wide.
  • There were 31 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 69 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Regency(-9), Mystery(7), Aristocracy(-6) and Crime(4).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were regency(10), duke(8), bride(7) and western(7). See the whole list.

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Sales Rank Distribution


Covers


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were love(42), life(36), heart(35) and new(34). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 15 sentences across 5 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 97 were written in third-person
  • 3 were written in first-person
  • 0 of the first-person blurbs had more than one point of view

Setting vs Character in Blurbs

In this plot, each dot is a blurb. The percentages show how much of each blurb is about characters, and how much is about setting and events. Neither is better than the other, but this plot shows us whether blurbs in the Top 100 are mostly about one or the other, or a mixture.

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