“Romance writers have led the ebook revolution” says Smashwords founder Mark Coker. “Romance authors have been the most innovative, the most experimental, the most forward looking” in this transformation of the publishing industry, and romance readers have “propelled it along.”
Why did the romance community embrace digital publishing so quickly and influentially? How have editors, agents, and other publishing professionals adapted to this new commercial and technological environment?
Author Jessica Andersen is happy to leave titles and covers to her publisher—her job starts with the book’s first sentence, but not before.
Bella Andre disagrees—and when traditional publishers couldn’t figure out how to find and hook her readers, she decided to do it herself.
Agent Steven Axelrod doesn’t want to be “the last buggy-whip manufacturer,” left behind by changes in the publishing industry. How do authors and readers and publishers interact in this new world? Do self-publishing authors still need agents? If so, what for?
Are romance publishing powerhouses Avon and Harlequin struggling in the digital age, or thriving?
Digital publishing has a global reach, just like popular romance. Nigerian publisher Cassava Republic made a big digital move in 2015, right in time for Valentine’s Day.
Where will the next big market for ebooks open up? Minal Hajratwala says India is the country to watch.
No wonder Harlequin Mills & Boon has “bet big” on India, with an Indian Author collection ready for readers around the world!
Digital publishing is “a game changer,” says Steven Axelrod: the money, the technology, the ease of access for readers. Why do some authors make the switch to self-publishing, while others choose to stay with traditional publishing houses, even if they make less money there?
Are readers really making the switch to dgital—or are they just reading more, in more ways?
Romance author Bella Andre loves the entrepreneurial hustle of self-publishing—but warns that it’s not for everyone.
Courtney Milan, who made the move herself in 2011, explains how to weigh the pros and cons in her blog post "Traditional versus self-publishing: official death match 2014"
In a publishing landscape where hundreds of thousands of books come out each year, one wrong decision about the title or cover can be fatal, says Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah.
Designer Kim Killion takes you through the thinking that goes into a romance cover photo. Cropped had? Man chest? Maybe a little more cleavage?
And don’t forget the typography, taglines, and all the other details that make a cover sing—even in a thumbnail view.
Artist “Pickyme” started out making fan art on an author’s message board, and now she’s a professional cover designer.
How did she manage that transition from amateur to professional?
What is the process of finding cover art like?
Who chooses how much an ebook should cost? Agent Steven Axelrod has a simple answer: it’s complicated.
Popular Romance Project’s February 2015 conference at the Library of Congress ended with a lively panel discussion about romance in the digital age. What did the panelists say about the future of publishing? Check out what scholar/editor Sarah Lyons, romance author Liliana Hart, digital marketing expert Jon Fine, romance editor Angela James, new media scholar Tara McPherson, and publisher Dominique Raccah had to say.