Most new writers hoping to break into the self-publishing scene and make real money from it, are coming at it from a business angle, and they aren't wrong to do so!
You see, writing the genre you love or are passionate about is great if you intend to do it for the love of the art and don't necessarily mind not selling many units.
But, if you want to build a career out of your writing, and fast, then it isn't a bad idea to study what is already doing well, and try to replicate it!
I use a tool called Publisher Rocket for book keyword research, category research, and to look at the overall data of the books selling the best on Amazon.
This method has allowed me to make thousands more each month, as I know exactly what I need to do and can study what the top sellers have done.
Below I have listed the most popular genres and the books doing the best in each genre so you can have a glance. Of course, some genres are going to be more obvious and popular than other, but there will be some real gems in there that you hadn't considered!
Here are the 50 most popular book genres on Amazon:
- Literary Fiction
- Science Fiction
- Young Adult
- Children's Books
- True Crime
- Personal Development
- Politics/Social Sciences
- Comics/Graphic Novels
- Teen & Young Adult
- Humorous Fiction
- Short Stories