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Monday News: Algorithm based fiction writing aims for the romance genre;...

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Carrie G
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 08:58:39

    Best Buy has the Kindle Fire 8 GB on sale for $139.99. ($20 off) It isn’t available to be shipped, but every store in our area shows availability, so I don’t think it’s difficult to find.

  2. Carolyn Jewel
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 09:29:45

    I saw that PW story and wondered why on earth they thought it proved anything other than from one week to the next the titles on the Amazon best seller lists changed. PW should be ashamed. They’re supposed to cover the industry. When they provide empty and ludicrous “analysis” like this, I wonder why anyone would pay for their content.

  3. Jessa Slade
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:51:16

    Somewhat suprisingly, romance fiction has the largest share of the consumer book market

    This made me sigh. And not just because the word is “surprisingly.”

  4. Laura Florand
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:52:15

    “Although a novel is a work of fiction, it’s no secret that certain genres lend themselves to formulas, such as romance novels. That may not make these works rank high for their literary value, but they certainly do well for their entertainment value. Somewhat suprisingly, romance fiction has the largest share of the consumer book market with revenue of nearly $1.37 billion in 2011.”

    Jane, I thought first read that you were saying that yourself. Not quoting the article. I couldn’t figure out why you suddenly found this “somewhat surprising”. :)

    I wish I knew what literary value was. You would think that after all those years of graduate study in literature, I would figure it out at some point, but alas…

  5. Jane
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:53:42

    @Laura Florand – Whoops. That was an unfortunate missed blockquote/italics.

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