A Look at the Romance Genre and Publishing

Romance is a huge genre in publishing. So many success stories, especially of indie authors, are around romance writers. It’s also a really interesting genre to watch, because it’s one of the genres with the most experimentation going on.

With that in mind, here are a few romance-related articles that recently caught my eye. Continue reading


From Unplag: Love Words and Famous Endings of Love Stories

Another post in honor of Valentine’s Day, and a double-whammy at that. Today we have two infographics from Unplag, a website that checks papers for plagiarism.

Ever wonder how much love is in a love story? In this first infographic, according to Unplag:

We analyzed 2,365,012 words from 10 most popular romantic stories (Romeo and Juliet, The Notebook, 50 Shades of Grey, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Gone with the Wind, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Twilight), and counted the following words: love(r, ing), hate, death, heart, relationship, affection, passion, and wedding. Below you can see our findings. They really surprised us a lot. Just take a look!

Next up, want to know what happens at the end of a typical love story? (Spoiler alerts for the 18 novels Unplag analyzed: Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Cyrano de Bergerac, Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Anna Karenina, The Master and Margarita, Gone With The Wind, Thorn Birds, The Great Gatsby, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Phantom of the Opera, Bridget Jones’s Diary Series, The Notebook, Twilight Series, and Fifty Shades of Grey Series.)

According to Unplag:

For all these stories we’ve managed to define six the most typical endings. Here they are: death, marriage, children, staying together, separation, and unrequited love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

An Interview with Heather Thurmeier, Author of Pinch of Me, Dash of You

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Heather Thurmeier is the author of Pinch of Me, Dash of You, a contemporary romance novel. Here’s the official description:

Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s offered a cookbook deal, she thinks she’s finally made it…until her latest review comes out a little harsher than expected and the restaurateur threatens to expose all her secrets.

Mac’s whole life is spent in the kitchen, running a New York City restaurant and a culinary school for underprivileged youth. When donations stop pouring in for Mac’s culinary school after a scathing review of his restaurant, he fears he may have to shut the doors if he can’t find a way to turn things around. Then he meets Kali, the reviewer who admits she has no culinary skills. Now he’s made her an offer she can’t refuse—he’ll teach her to cook over the summer and help her with recipes for the cookbook if she’ll agree to write an insider piece highlighting the strengths of his culinary school.

But when things start heating up in Mac’s kitchen, keeping her hands on the food and off of Mac is proving harder than Kali expected.

Read on for Thurmeier’s exclusive interview with me, as well as an excerpt from the book! Continue reading

Ebook Review: The Art of Love

the_art_of_love_coverThe Art of Love: Origins of Sinners Grove by A.B. Michaels

How Much Would You Sacrifice for Love?

With nothing but a strong back and a barrel full of ambition, August Wolff finds wealth beyond measure in the frozen goldfields of the Klondike. Success, however, comes at an unbearably high price. Now Gus walks alone, and all the money in the world can’t buy him what he needs.

In the late 1800’s, when women are most often seen and not heard, Amelia Starling longs for a life limited only by her imagination. Blessed with abundant artistic talent and an even bigger heart, Lia moves to the bustling city of San Francisco, hoping to make her mark and living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make.

Two wounded yet defiant individuals meet at the dawn of a new century, discovering a passion eclipsing all they’d ever known. Longing to build a life together, can they overcome the dictates of a cruel and judgmental society?

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Romance Goes Mainstream

Originally published on IndieReader. Read the full article here.

Romance has always been a popular genre. But recently, it seems that more and more romance novels written by women have been gaining mainstream recognition.

Between four and six romance novels written by women have made it to the top 10 New York Timesbestseller lists for e-book fiction and combined print and e-book fiction every week during this past February, including Someone to Love by Addison Moore.

And as of March 1, two romance novels are in the top five of the paid Amazon Bestsellers in the Kindle Store list: Never Too Far by Abbi Glines at the number two spot and Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton at the number five spot. Naughton’s book has been on the top 100 list on Amazon for 44 days.

This trend could be due to a variety of reasons. First, younger women tend to read more than men. According to an infographic by publisher Random House, 63% of e-book readers and 59% of print book readers are women, and 60% of e-book readers and 53% of print book readers are under 45 years old.

Romance is also the third most popular genre for e-books, according to Random House. And, Hiptype released an infographic that shows books with a female protagonist are more likely to become a bestseller.

But there could be other reasons. [Read more…]

DBW12 – What publishing can learn from the romance genre

The romance genre is an interesting one. Of all the genres, it sells the most ebooks, probably because you can read a romance book with some privacy on an ereader. The romance panel had some interesting insights into ebook publishing, which I think other publishers can learn from and apply to their own companies. The panel consisted of Lori James, Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer, All Romance eBooks (ARe), Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher, William Morrow/Harper Voyager/Avon Books, Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc., and Angela James, Executive Editor, Carina Press. Continue reading