This week on the best selling LGBT eBook charts there are three distinct niches, as well as smaller niches and trends that fall into those. The most populous is that of LGBT Romance, which we shall cover in brief in this article, but you can read in more depth in our next article which you will be able to find here, once it is posted. The second most common niche of the LGBT genre is literary novels, while the third most common is that of memoirs and histories.
This week in LGBT Romance the Gay part of LGBT is getting a lot more attention than the others. Stories of men loving men are the majority, to the point where the books that counter that stick out like a sore thumb. Summer is a big theme, with plenty of holiday romances on show. Also, rather interestingly, there is more than one novel that uses a pun on the phrase “Red, White, and Blue” in their title. To read about the niches and trends for romance in more detail, click here.
The second group, focusing on novels, is chiefly filled with those on the literary spectrum. Many of these books have awards and accolades. The numbers of positive reviews by celebrities are numbered in the dozens. History is a major theme this week, with multiple books dealing with characters looking back over their lives, and some featuring multiple plots, one in the present, one in years gone by. Often the stories deal with people Coming Out to their loved ones, a definite trend. But there is also a clear trend of the LGBT character not being the protagonist of the book, but having their life analysed and narrated by someone else. While this does appear to be a popular trend it is one that prospective authors should be careful about using, since it is largely seen as an old fashioned way of incorporating LGBT themes into a book, and it is rapidly becoming passe. Besides the usual Literary fare, there is also a Fantasy inclusion, Emily Tesh’s, Silver in the Wood.
And finally, the History and Memoir niche. This week the population in this genre are on the lower end, perhaps because the majority of the historically minded readers are turning to fictional histories, like, Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee, or to fictional memoirs like, The Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. However there is enough room for two books to rise through the charts. The first is, The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out, by William Dameron. As I mentioned earlier, Coming Out stories are always popular in this genre, especially when it comes with an unusual story. And that is certainly the case in this memoir, where the author’s selfie was stolen and used to catfish multiple women. A very modern story, one completely at odds with the second book in this bracket, Madeline Miller’s, A Song of Achilles. While it is not technically a memoir or a non-fiction history, the weight of thousands of years of storytelling is impossible to ignore. In some ways this story can be used to mark the trends in the LGBT publishing arena from the dawn of ancient civilisations to the present day. So, it gets put in the History section.
So, Gay Men are highly represented in this week’s charts, while Lesbians, Bisexual people, and Transgender people, (and those listed under the nebulous umbrella of the + sign in LGBT+) are rarely given as much attention. Some writers may wonder if there is money to be made in catering to those less represented niches, but at the very least if you do you will not have too much competition.