Selling Romance

Learn about changes in the publishing industry, the rise of digital and self-publishing, how romance novels are designed and marketed, and other related topics.

What is Love? Center for the Book symposium draws crowds

From left, panelists in session “What Belongs in the Romance Canon?”: 
Susan Ostrov Weisser, Eric Selinger, Nicole Peeler, Beverly Jenkins, Len Barot/Radclyffe. Photo from Margaret Locke’s blog.

Missed the What Is Love? Romance in the Digital Age symposium? Find out what bloggers and journalists had to say about the event, hosted by the Center for the Book.

Being creative and analytical

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Many romance writers get into the field because they loved reading romance. So when Bella Andre crafts a series, she finds it easier because she can writer the characters and stories that she would want to read. But as a self-publishing author, she still…

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…

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…

Slow boat to China: What you need to know about foreign rights

Clipper ship leaving Boston Harbor, by Fitz Henry Lane, The Athenaeum. Wikimedia Commons

What are foreign rights, and what good is it to keep them or give them away? The answer to that question is rather complicated and depends entirely on your publisher, where you are in your career, and what kind of agent is representing you.

Bookselling’s future

Bookshelf in Borders bookstore, circa 2007, courtesy of CillanX, public domain

When asked about bookselling’s future, most people’s answers could be put in three groupings: the e-book market, bricks-and-mortar stores, and issues surrounding what’s being called “discoverability.”

Writing comes first

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Author Bella Andre enjoys the take-charge requirements of self-publishing, but it’s not for everyone.

Tale as old as time

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Appealing characters can make even the most timeworn plot sparkle, says Gallery Books senior editor Abby Zidle.