Is the western market dead? Most grocerybook racks I've been to lately have at most a handful to choose from, less than the sci-fi selections; where as, romance and generic name brand thrillers glom the available space.

http://www.westernwriters.org/news.htm from Nov 2006 had an interesting comment on the sales of Western books.

So, do you think the western market is dead, dying, stagnant, dormant, or just waiting for it's cycle to come back around?

I think it's just waiting for it's turn to come back around.