CindyS has two great posts that summarize the documentary on Bravo Canada, Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings.
I don’t know when it will be aired in the US, but it sounds like a fascinating look at publishing and romance. I highly suggest every one read both articles, but I’ll include some highlights to tempt you.
Kelly Harms (with Avon) is the woman that is hearing the pitch. Ms. Boyce is nervous and starts her pitch off, basically her story is not earth shattering but her heroine is a widow.
So, you have a widow, did Julia (I have no idea who she is referring to here) tell you I always complain when there are widows?
The first thing I always send her or any of my pros is to try and envision the book with The Virgin.
I’m telling you she drew out The Virgin as if it was the magic and she says that it absolutely sells. Not only that she mentioned that the story being pitched was a stand alone and that there were no opportunities for a series.
Dear god in heaven, no. Seriously. We readers need to boycott virgin widow books.
Raelene Gorlinsky, publisher with Ellora’s Cave talked about the ‘hunky men’. When asked why there are ‘hunky men’ on the covers of their books she said “well, they sell better than women on the covers” . . . It was mentioned that EC now sells 80 000 books a month world wide which is astonishing when you think that they are a print on demand publisher
And the Queen, herself,
While at book signings:
A woman: ‘Oh, you’re Nora Roberts, you write that smut!’
Nora Roberts: ‘I do not write smut and that’s incredibly rude, what’s wrong with you?’
There’s so much more to read about covers, paranormal market, and the romance market. I can’t wait to see it myself and am envious of our Canadian Brethren. Thank you CindyS!