AAR’s 2022 numbers for queer and AoC romances
According to an oft cited study by the romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice, in 2022 12.3% of romances published last year were written by authors of color. For the last few years, I’ve shared AAR’s 2022 numbers for reviews of books written by non-white authors. (Note that these reviews are not limited to books published in 2022–there are the numbers for the books we reviewed in 2022.)
I used our Power Search Beta to look at our numbers. This means I relied on tags, so if a book wasn’t tagged correctly, my numbers will reflect that.
In 2022, AAR published 448 book reviews. Of these 30% were DIKS. 16% of our reviews featured books written by authors of color and 6% of our DIKs were by authors of color.
We also continued to cover non-het books robustly. 20% of our reviews featured queer leads as did 7% of our DIKs.
Books written by and/or featuring non-white and/or non-het people were well […]