Historical Romance Trends (January 30, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 38 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 1450, increased between 20 and 25% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 665 and 2392.

  • There were 43 standalone books, and 57 books which were in 40 unique series.
  • There were 57 books in KU, and 43 wide.
  • There were 39 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 61 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Friendship(-8), Western(6), Regency(5) and Holiday(-5).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were duke(8), bride(7), western(7) and love(6). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were love(43), life(42), new(36) and heart(32). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 14 sentences across 4 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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