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For the Love of Romance

Barbara Vey -- September 18th, 2013

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Yesterday was the official launch of the Romance webcasts.  While there were a few bugs, it was an exciting hour.  I was honored to be asked to host the event and was beyond thrilled to be chatting with three very knowledgeable women in publishing, Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books, Deb Werksman, Acquiring Editor and Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Casablanca and Diane Moggy, Vice-President of Series Editorial, Harlequin Books.

Dianne Moggy

Dianne Moggy

 

Esi Sogah

Esi Sogah

Deb Werksman

Deb Werksman

 

 

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I wish I could have been taking notes while moderating because it was a fabulous discussion.  Here are some of the questions we discussed:

1.Romance Readers are very loyal. In your experience why do you think that is? How are Romance Readers different from other readers you market to?
2. Editors are always asking for fresh and new ideas. What makes something fresh for
you?
3. How are publishers attracting new authors in this digital age? (Competing with selfpublishing. Barbara has example from last RomCon about the shift from publisher to self-publishing.)
4. What has digital allowed publishers to do that they couldn’t before? (I’m thinking novellas, e-serials, faster access, etc.)
5. There are so many different subgenres to romance. Why do you think that is? What are the signs that a subgenre is going to be a hit, have staying power? Or a subgenre that surprised you?
6. What are your favorites?

In addition, we took questions from the listeners and got the usual question about romance dumbing down readers.  Listen to what the editors say about that.

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Unfortunately, there was a little technical glitch when audio was lost, but PW is working on it and as soon as it’s available, I’ll let you all know.

My favorite part?  Even though there we lost audio part way through, hundreds of romance readers stayed tuned and watched the slides.  That’s the kind of loyalty that abounds in the romance community.

Did you listen?  Did you enjoy what you did get to hear?  What would you like to see/hear in future webcasts?

Another one of my dreams has come true and I’m very appreciative to all of you who Tweeted, Facebooked, Google+’d and blogged about the webcast.  Your support is overwhelming and I’m eternally grateful.

Winners of the publishers gifts from the Webcast will be announced soon.  In the meantime, the winner of yesterday’s gift basket from Random House is Pamela Gardner.  Congratulations!  Please email suegrimshaw @ randomhouse.com for your prize.

Bottom Line:  Tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate Day…so start practicing…Arrr!

For The Love of Romance

Barbara Vey -- August 12th, 2013

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I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be hosting the first PW romance webcast.  For The Love of Romance will be an hour long chat on September 17th at 1 p.m. EST and include editors from Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Kensington.

Some of the topics we will discuss are what makes for a good hero or heroine, editors are always asking for fresh and new ideas so what makes something fresh for you, how are publishers attracting new authors in this digital age and what’s hot right now?  But I’m always looking for new ideas, so if you have burning questions, let me know.

While the show is live, you will be able to type in questions that I’ll ask the panelists.  Not only that but knowing these publishers, there will be amazing giveaways and you will be entered just for registering.

Register here and I’ll be looking forward to your feedback.  On Twitter, we will be using the hashtag #RomanceReads.

Bottom Line:  We all love romance, now let’s prove it.