Sunday, June 03, 2007
Sales of Romantic Fiction
Interesting statistics compiled by Romance Writers of America and featured this week in Publishers Weekly. The article discusses the number of romance novels published in 2004, how readers obtained the last novel they read and where readers purchase the bulk of their books. Romantic fiction posted sales of $1.2 billion, far ahead of science fiction/fantasy ($512 million) and mysteries of ($405 million). Read the article in its entirety here.

I don't know why people put down romance novels when everyone wants to be romanced! Seriously, who doesn't want to find someone to love and appreciate them as they are? Answer: no one. Read a romance. They're not your mother's romance novels.

Where do you purchase your novels? I don't have a set place to buy books. I look for them pretty much anywhere and because I subscribe to
Romantic Times, I know what's coming out that interests me beforehand.

Certain bookstores have better romance sections than others while still others break out romance into niches, such as paranormal, suspense, etc. Frankly, I think the reason some bookstores have romances sectioned in what might appear to be a haphazard manner is so that you'll stay in the store longer looking for a particular book and in the meantime, find other books that may appeal to you . Trust me, I've fallen for this marketing tactic more than once.

If a store has a buyer who loves romance, then the store will have a great selection. This reminds me the librarians in the town where I grew up. When new books arrived, I received a call at home to let me know what they thought may interest me. I loved that! It was the height of customer service. To this day, they still ask my family about me. I'll have to go in and visit. Of course, it'll be even better when I publish my own and can autograph them personally. LOL.
posted by Liz @ 7:48 PM  
6 Comments:
  • At June 04, 2007 10:23 PM, Blogger Carol B. said…

    You're exactly right. B&N's romance section is just so-so. Doesn't make any sense to me. Most of them don't carry category romance at all. Their loss, I suppose.

    On the other hand, Borders has Sue Grimshaw (Nat'l Buyer) who loves romance and you can tell it by the stock they carry.

    Yay, romance. I'll never get tired of reading and looking forward to that HEA.

     
  • At June 05, 2007 9:26 AM, Blogger Liz Falkner said…

    Hey, just noticed Ms. Grimshaw is answering questions over at Passionate Ink. Inkers have already asked some interesting questions.

     
  • At June 06, 2007 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Liz and Carol,

    I'm also an avid romance reader and I just started a membership at www.bookswim.com.

    My html skills are shaky, so I asked my son to double check my html. The link is BookSwim.

    Every romance novel fan deserves to know about this sight! Joining an online book rental club should save me a ton of money.

    Dorothy Lang

     
  • At June 12, 2007 3:56 PM, Anonymous Paz said…

    Oh I love the sound of your librarians. Yes, finish your story, publish it and make them proud! ;-)

    I buy my books from all over. I'm going to check out the site mentioned by Dorothy Lang. It's always good to find another book source. ;-)

    Paz

     
  • At June 19, 2007 7:36 PM, Blogger Carol B. said…

    Hey, Liz,
    Have you seen that Bookswim place? Looks to me like just one more way to cheat the author out of royalties. Grrr.

     
  • At June 27, 2007 9:37 AM, Blogger Liz Falkner said…

    No, I haven't checked out Bookswim. I haven't had time! LOL.

     
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