Happy 4 year Blogaversary to Me
Obviously you all know I lean heavily toward reading Historical Romance. I do read other romance sub-genres from time to time and enjoy those also. That got me thinking about the Romance book reading public in general and I found this chart prepared by the author of DANGEROUS BOOKS FOR GIRLS from information from The Romance Writers of America.
What particularly caught my attention on this chart, “The Story is the #1 factor in a reader’s purchasing decision”. In my personal experience that is probably true when it comes to a new-to-me author. But if it is one of my much-loved authors, I only have to know they have a new book and I grab it. I used to think I wasn’t influenced by cover art but I discovered over and over that is not true. Several favorite authors have some really rank cover art but fabulous stories and I cringe every time and can’t help thinking they would sell more books if they improved the covers. Here are Two particularly impressive covers from previous posts. Now if all the publishers could get the models to emote like that then sales would sky rocket.
This guy looks not happy at all that he’s been interrupted. And our next guy is all arrogant smerkiness.
Do you fall into the categories on this chart? I hit many and miss a few. I am female, I am not between 30-54, I live in the South, My income is not up for discussion at this time (when it totally runs out we can start a collection), I do live with my spouse, I did not read Romance for the first time until I was in my 30’s, yes I read romance for all the reasons listed and because I’m fascinated with historical eras, yes I am a feminist, yes I acquire romance books more than once a month.
Let me know in the comments if you agree with the chart or take issue with any findings. It’s my Blogaversary so give me a treat and comment. 🙂