It’s Monday and our 9/6 issue is out even though it’s a holiday, which means I can finally announce the big news I’ve been sitting on (and occasionally hinting at on Twitter) for almost a month.
As you may know, I handle two reviews sections at PW: SF/fantasy/horror, and mass market of all genres. As of today, PW no longer has a mass market reviews section. But don’t panic, because we’re going to keep reviewing mass market titles; we’ll just do it according to genre. In order to do that in the way that makes the most sense, our 9/6 issue inaugurates our romance reviews section, which I will be editing henceforth.
I am so ridiculously excited about this, you have no idea.
When I started handling mass market titles a couple of years ago, it was very clear that most of them were romances, about which I knew not very much. My mother wrote eight category romances for Berkley Jove in the 80s, so at least I knew romance novels could be good and didn’t have the knee-jerk prejudice against them that a lot of people seem to have, but the genre’s changed a lot in 25 years. I begged the help of Library Journal‘s fabulous romance editor, Bette-Lee Fox (no relation, though it was fun to be mistaken for mother and daughter at RWA), who was incredibly kind and informative. Soon I started reading romances, and then I started reading lots of romances, and now it’s two years later and I have a bookcase dedicated to romances. If you will pardon the phrase, I fell in love with the genre. And now I get to immerse myself in it more deeply, while handing off the other mass market titles to the editors who know more about mysteries, thrillers, and true crime. Really, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
So when you get to your office and your copy of PW this week, flip to where the mass market reviews section used to be and you’ll find a big header that says “Romance.” (The first time I opened a file with that header in it, I was so excited I screencapped it and sent the picture to Josh. There might have been some exclamation points involved.) The section will cover romance of every type: historical and contemporary, Western and paranormal, Christian and gay.
There will be some book-by-book negotiations for titles that straddle genre lines (is this a thriller or romantic suspense? paranormal romance or urban fantasy?), so publishers, please label your books “ROMANCE” (or “FANTASY” or “THRILLER”, etc.) if you want to help us out with that. If you want to know more about the new section or submitting titles for review, read our submission guidelines first and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have questions. We’re doing romance-related features, too–I just scheduled a romance Q&A–so feel free to send me pitches for those.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, my new section and I are going to go get started on our HEA.
EDIT: Jane L. of Dear Author was kind enough to interview me about the new section, so if you have questions, they might be answered there. Take a look! And many thanks to my fellow PW blogger Barbara Vey for her kind words over at Beyond Her Book.