A Midwest Writers Workshop attendee asked about consumer trends in the book business. Of course, agents can only speculate on trends that could emerge in a year or two and are wary if interest in a particular subgenre appears to be declining. Starting a trend would be ideal.
Results of a Harris Poll conducted in the U.S. in August 2010 give a statistical view of the subject, breaking readership down into broad categories. Poll results indicate mystery, thriller, and crime genres are the most popular with readers of fiction.
Those polled also were asked to name their favorite authors. Details are available in a press release at Harris Interactive.