A changing industry

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Steven Axelrod says agents used to play the role of gatekeeper. But with self-publishing on the rise, an agents role is changing. How do agents adapt to fit into a different publishing world?

Space on the shelf

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Romance authors were some of the first to embrace self-publishing, and it has opened a lot of doors for authors that might not have existed otherwise. But what effect does that have on the traditional publishing world? Steven Axelrod talks about the changing landscape…

Teaching Fifty Shades of Grey

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Professor Jessie Matthews takes on Fifty Shades of Grey and its runaway popularity in her undergrad popular romance literature course.

The stigma of romance


In many business environments, women are held back by what is known as the glass ceiling, where men advance to higher positions faster. So what happens for males working in the female dominated environment of popular romance?

Smart people in romance


Jen Lois and Joanna Gregson set out to study romance writers and see what made the community unique. Along the way, they found that romance writers come from very different backgrounds than they expected.

Gender matters

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What makes the popular romance community so unique? Jen Lois and Joanna Gregson set out to study how writers construct their characters, but ended up finding a much more interesting story in how the romance community supports itself.

It started with romance

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Romance writers were at the forefront of the book revolution, and that opened up a lot of opportunities says Smashwords founder Mark Coker.

The credit it deserves

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For a long time, romance was looked down upon by the publishing industry. But with ebooks, romance authors are finding their ways off the backshelves and into the hands of readers. Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, discusses what that change means for romance…

Exploring emotions

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Romance novels are a safe space for women to explore a rich continuum of emotional and physical experiences, says Sarah Wendell.

Fans at home and abroad


Romance novels can bring together fans locally and around the globe, says author Suzanne Brockmann.

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