a market survey.

A quick Sunday poll for you:

(This is an anonymous poll, so nobody will be able to tell if you choose the “Romance” option. It’s also multiple-choice, so you can pick something in addition to Romance if you want.)


20 thoughts on “a market survey.

  1. Gene says:

    Hey, I thought you and some of your readers might enjoy this article, particularly #5 and #1

  2. Borepatch says:

    um, “I read non-fiction” doesn’t seem to be on the list …


  3. Kristopher says:

    I don’t see “Zombie shutzenfests” on the list.

  4. Al T. says:

    Mil Sci Fi or military history.

  5. libertyman says:

    I am with Borepatch on this one.

  6. Gerry N. says:

    No category including US History either. I don’t really care for fiction all that much.

    (‘S prolly why i don’t watch tee vee news.)

    Gerry N.

  7. Non-fiction-only readers make me scratch my head. Not that there’s anything WRONG with reading non-fiction! I just don’t get it.

    Reading is my escape. I don’t want more reality piled on top of me.

  8. Oh, and I voted for seven different genres. One of them “Romance”…I’m not ashamed!

  9. Crucis says:

    I voted to several catagories—SF, Mystery, Historical fiction. I don’t do romance. My wife, on the other hand, reads non-fiction only.

    Go figger.

  10. RevolverRob says:

    I voted for 7 of the categories. My favorite “genre” of fiction is not on the list though, pulp. I love true pulp fiction, either in Mystery/Detective form or Western form (for good Western pulp some of the earliest from Elmore Leonard fills the bill).


  11. Eric says:

    I voted for Adventure/Action/Thriller – Robert Ludlum, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn. The Kindle allowed me to go through the Thor canon in short order and now I’m doing the same with Flynn.

  12. MarkHB says:

    Hum. I take the lack of nonfiction in there much the same way I take the lack of a rack of graphics cards in a restaurant; not really part of the picture. The question was about recreational reads; I gnaw my way through enough manuals, textbooks, workbooks et cetera that I value my escapist reading time most highly.

  13. Ian Vaughan says:

    Eric raymond had an interesting post up the other day-


  14. Will says:

    it might be interesting if the poll could accept ranking of choices.

  15. Diane says:

    Your poll may be a bit skewed, as the odds are those who enjoy science fiction, once they find your blog, are likely to keep coming back.

    Loved the backstory you put up, by the way!

  16. anonymous says:

    “skewed?” Hell, it’s outright slanted!

    Only the final choice can include non-fic, kind of like “Okay, you guys ain’t likely to read anything I’m likely to write a book about, so toss your preferences in this basket right here.”

    Unless you include blogs among the genres. Then much of your work might well require a non-fic category, specifically in the areas of commentary/editorial, family/inspirational, and technical/practical. And you’d probably have a new leader in your survey.

    Al Terego

  17. Nancy R. says:

    How about just “reference books”. That seems to be all 95% of I’ve bought in the past 10 years.

  18. Fodder4Thought says:

    I’m going to assume that this refers specifically to dead tree medium stuff – if I just want information I get it electronically, but if I want to enjoy myself I do it with something that might cut me.

  19. Bob L Hunter says:

    All your categories are verieties of fiction. you left out non-fiction, which is pretty much all I read.

  20. Baker M. Romeo says:

    If we all voted for “romance”, would you start posting stories about sweaty men with chiseled jaws and exhausted ladies with heaving bosoms and all that?

    Because, y’know, I might start a campaign.

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