I’ve noticed that the majority of LDS suspense novels have a strong romantic subplot. If there isn’t much romance in my book, will this hurt my chances in the LDS market? Do readers demand romance?
Traditionally, the LDS fiction customer is female. LDS women who prefer romance novels have increasingly turned to LDS romance as a replacement for national romance which is becoming more sensual. LDS publishers have tried to satisfy this demand for clean romance.
LDS readers who prefer other genres have not really moved to LDS fiction simply because very little exists in other genres. As LDS publishers move into other genres with quality, well-written stories, they will attract other readers. While romance may be leading the pack right now, I think it’s just a matter of time before the demand for other genres, including stories without much romance, catch up.