Romance and the Problems with “By Women, For Women, About Women” – Reader Lynn sent me this article and my response was “Wow, I don’t know what to think of this article.” And I don’t. The author of this piece who I know as Heidenkind posits that the praise for romance that it is written by women for women creates an isolated divide between the community and the rest of the reading world and worse, promotes the type of behavior and thinking that supposed enlightened readers would rattle their sabers against.
I think the part of me that rebels against this piece is the part that says “Is there anything so wrong with praising the romance genre for focusing on women?” Book Riot
Katy Perry’s weak chart-topper shows how far album sales have fallen – I’m really interested in subscription services because as a reader, I’d love to have access to all these self pub books for a low monthly fee. I start a lot of them and abandon them often. I’m keeping my Oyster subscription in hopes that it becomes worth it for that reason alone.
But subscription services in music are a growing segment of the music industry’s revenues – 16% at the last tally. And musicians say that the streaming revenue that trickles down to them is so minuscule as to not even be relevant. Others argue that the subscription services have led to the decline of the album as everyone enjoys the sampling of a three minute song over the hour long album of one singer.
The current business model for subscription book services is tremendous for readers and authors and in that sense deviates from the music industry. Plus I don’t see the fever for long books dying out even with subscription services but the music industry’s struggle with subscription services is interesting to watch and gives food for thought in the publishing world.The Raw Story
Price Elasticity Can Work: Dropping Ebook Price To $1 Catapulted Year-Old Book Onto NYT Best Seller List – TechDirt points out the obvious. Reducing the price of a book to less than one dollar can drive sales. For Rob Reid it pushed his fifteen month book back onto the NYTimes bestseller list. But 99c sales aren’t working for everyone and in spite of the argument that reduced prices lead to increased volume, that doesn’t automatically mean more revenue. 99c sales can increase visibility momentarily and for some that is all they need to propel them forward.
Rob Reid’s book is now closing in on 3,000 on the Kindle list meaning he’s selling around 20-30 books a day. Publishers should use the 99c promotion to drive sales of related books. That’s the key to a successful 99c reduction. Techdirt
Sales, Earnings Drop at Harlequin in Third Quarter – The move of romance readers toward digital books is hurting the bottom line for Harlequin. Third quarter revenues and sales declined in the third quarter and parent company Torstar attributed it to a decline in print sales and direct to consumer channels not offset by a growth in digital sales. The single titles continue to sell well but the declining retail space given over to series books is adversely affecting print sales. (Many grocery stores and the like have started stocking trades and featuring YA and to some extent NA). Digital sales globally were a quarter of revenue and that ebook growth is beginning to slow.Publishers Weekly
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