Songs of the Day: "Sucka for Love" by Danity Kane and in honor of Michael Jackson, "The Lady in My Life"
- According to Business of Consumer Book Publishers, 74.8 million people read at least one romance in
2008 (and the figure has doubled in the past decade)
-Romance has been a top performing category on The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers
-Romance fiction has created around 1.37 billion in revenue. If you want to put that up against some other
genres, take a look at what some others have generated:
Religion/Inspiration- $800 million
Mystery- $668 million
Science Fiction/Fantasy- $551 million
Literary Fiction- $446 million
-The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other sources reported that Harlequin (the largest publisher of romance) had steadily growing profits in 2008 and 2009
-Nearly $7,500 romance novels were released each year.
-Writers such as, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Debbie Macomber, Janet Evanovich, etc. provide solid
proof that the potential for crossover to mainstream appeal does indeed exist.
According to the article there are 5 characteristics that your romance novel should have.
What Your Romance Novel Should Have
1. "HEA"- Translation: "happily ever after." Romance stories should always have a happy ending.
2. "Morality Reflective of the Majority"- Basically the characters have to be in a monogamous
3. "Variety"- Contrary to popular belief, romance novels are not all the same. There are several
subgenres of romance which includes, romantic suspense, paranormal, erotica, inspirational, urban
fantasy, contemporary, historical, and comedy, and thriller. That's a lot if you ask me.
4. "Sexual Tension"- This does not mean explicit sex. The misconception is that romance novels are filled
with explicit content. Not true! There is no need for sex unless it reveals character or advances the plot.
5. "Character Growth"- This is true for all genres in my opinion. Nobody likes a flat character.
The article also states there are 10 things you can add to make you romance novel a success.
Spice Up Your Romance Novel
1. "A strong hook or concept"
2. "Sympathetic motivated characters"
3. "Evocative Setting"
4. "High-stakes conflict"
5. "Unique voice"
6. "Credible emotion"
7. "Tight pacing"
8. "Skillful layering" (with regard to plot, themes, characters, etc.)
9. "Reversals" (surprises and challenges)
Publishers Seeking Romance Writers:
1. Harlequin Enterprises
2. Random House
3. Penguin Group
6. Dorchester Publishing
There is obviously a world of opportunities out there for romance writers. These facts and statistics are impressive. Romance week comes to a close, and I'm a little sad. I hope I have helped those of you who are romance writers, and those of you who hope to break into the industry. For the curious ones, maybe this has pushed you in the right direction. I have really enjoyed exploring the romance genre, and hopefully you have too. See you next week!