I've been drawing today so my bored mind decided to make a run for it and wander. And it arrived at the topic in question, and I started to ponder.

Some stories are surely easier to sell than others, and gather bigger audience quickly. And I wonder, what do you think - from observation, experience, gut wisdom - makes a story marketable today?

Are there character types that draw people in today? Specific storylines? Presence/absence of some motives?

A friend of mine said last week that what sells nowadays is harsh style of narration and grim-darkey themes. I myself see an outburst of novels with female narrators. Makes me wonder.