Sunday, January 04, 2009
A Guest Blogger - Welcome Emily!
Thanks for letting me guestblog, Vicky!
I was thinking about your recent post about paranormal romance not selling well in your town. I’m sure there are pockets of resistance, but romance is still a best seller in most bookstores.
According to Romance Writers of America, the romance genre generated $1.375 billion in sales in 2007, claiming the largest share of the fiction sales market. Even in this weird post-WallStreetApocalypse economy, romance accounts for a huge percentage of all paperback books sold. And for that, we must thank the devoted, loyal romance readership!
However, romance is more popular in some parts of the country than others. The South rises again with 29% of the population as romance readers, followed by 27% in the western states and 26% in the highly literate Midwest (my native region!) In contrast, in the northeast, where I currently hang my hat, only 12.9% of the reading public will admit to having a taste for romance. (Clearly, my work is not done here!)
But we’re busily winning over readers one heart at a time. In a world of uncertainty, where heroes are scarce, why wouldn’t we want the promise of “happily ever after” in our escapist fiction?
I enjoy paranormals, but my personal favorite subgenre is historical. My newest release, Vexing the Viscount, is set in Georgian England. 1731 to be exact. If you’ve seen the movie THE DUCHESS, you have an idea about the ornate costumes, the wigs, and the extreme courtly manners of the period. If you’d like to know more, please visit my Courtesan’s Club at http://www.emilybryan.com/Viscount%20Intro.htm. Detra Fitch of The Huntress Reviews calls Vexing the Viscount a “wickedly fun read.”
Thanks for letting me stop by, Vicky! I’m tickled to be able to give away a copy of Vexing the Viscount to one lucky commenter. Just post a comment or question to enter the drawing and check back tomorrow. I’ll post the winner in the comment section. Good luck!