So has anyone else noticed the sudden trend in Amish fiction? It's everywhere! More than half of the Top 20 Bestsellers in Christian Fiction on the CBD website right now are Amish fiction. Who would have thought? I'm so happy for those authors.
I remember a few years ago at an ACFW conference (American Christian Fiction Writers) that the editors and agents on the panel said the were most definitely NOT looking for historicals or Amish fiction or prairie romances. ..
A lot can change in a few years!
Not long ago, romantic suspense and thrillers were all the rage and now that's slightly on the decline. Same with chick-lit - it was a huge hit several years ago, and now, POOF. Gone. (or not gone-gone, but more like revamped into less snarky, general women's fiction)
It's a pretty unpredictable market. One never knows what readers will gravitate toward. All it takes is one big hit to make the market swing another direction (take Twilight, for example, and the following flux of paranormal novels that followed, even in the Christian Fiction industry)
Do you enjoy Amish fiction? Who are your favorite authors in that genre? What about paranormal? Are you still following the vampire trends?
As much as I enjoy a good historical read (or sparkly vampire read! ha!), I do hope the trend swings another direction soon so other authors can have a chance at getting their "outside the box" works out there. Trends come and go, fads change, and while the Amish novels might withstand the test of time, and even the vampires at that, I hope the market can squeeze in some room for some real jewels they are currently missing. (and no I'm not talking about my own books! lol)
Let's take a poll! Please vote. If you had the choice to ONLY read one genre of Christian fiction for the rest of your life (not just one book but one genre of book) what would it be, from the following list? (if I forgot one, list it for me!)
1. Historicals (including Amish or prairie romances)
2. Contemporary romance
4. Romantic suspense
5. Biblical fiction
6. Paranomal/Fantasy (vampires, werewolves, etc.)
7. Women's fiction
8. Chick Lit
Vote now in the comment section!! =)