Hardboiled depressing stuff 25%
Over-easy ethnically diverse PIs 20%
Cute guy writers from UK 15%
Small press neo-noir with cleavage on cover 10%
Chick lit crime 10%
Humorous crime 5%
Now consider that Carl Hiaason alone takes up about 8% of humor and you can see that those who write funny stuff get the crumbs. That's cause any idiot can tell a joke. But very few can tell one for 250 pages.
I have this idea for a mystery. It doesn't fit my hardboiled series. The woman who is talking to me in my head is so friggin funny! Why can't I get it down on paper? I am not an unfunny person. I can even tell a joke (well, only one and it's so filthy few have heard it). So why can't I write funny?! You funny types out there....tell me the secret. No joke.