I’m a self-published author, and founder of TCK Publishing, a company that helps train and coach self-published authors. We also provide a service that performs extensive market research for independent authors.
These are the major LGBT fiction bestseller lists and categories for Amazon Kindle right now:
Gay & Lesbian -> Fiction -> Gay
Gay & Lesbian -> Fiction -> Lesbian
Gay & Lesbian -> Fiction -> Romance
Gay & Lesbian -> Fiction -> Romance -> Gay
Gay & Lesbian -> Fiction -> Romance -> Lesbian
Gay & Lesbian -> Fiction -> Short Stories
These categories are very competitive. To give you an example, the bestselling LGBT book on Kindle right now is ranked #110 in the Kindle store, meaning it’s selling at least 3,000 copies a month of the eBook version alone. The least competitive ranked book is in the Lesbian category at #59,881, meaning it’s selling at least 50 copies a month.
Given the large market for LGBT books, it would be a fine category for any debut author. It’s certainly not as large a market as contemporary romance or new adult, but it’s still plenty big enough for a committed self-published author to earn a full-time income.
For more information on bestseller lists, check out our posts on the Top 100 Least Competitive Amazon Kindle Bestseller Lists and the Top 100 Most Competitive Kindle Categories.
For the complete list of all 16,000+ Amazon Kindle bestseller categories, check out Bestseller Ranking Pro.
Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.