Anyway, in today’s Lunch, they gave us a small piece of a Poet & Writers' interview of three editors. The question was “When you look at the industry, what are the biggest problems we face now?” Two of the three had interesting answers, but the most interesting was the editor who believed a first book could be reviewed by three major papers/magazines, and they still would not bring in sales.
Of course, this is only my opinion, knowing how in the past most of the books reviewed in such publications are the literary types, I’m not surprised. Now there’s really nothing wrong with liking/reading a literary book. Reading’s reading and we need everyone expanding their minds. But I personally don’t read them as the majority end unhappy or with nothing solved. I tried so many and always felt like I wasted my time.
Every book I read must have a little romance. Then I feel like I can connect with the characters even if the woman is too wimpy or bitchy or the man is too beta or a big ass.
Oops, I got away from my point of this blog. In regards of not bringing in the sales, I wonder if they realize when times are hard, people don’t want to be reminded of other people having a hard time. They want to feel like love can make it all possible. Romances do that for me. If I’m depressed, I pull out an oldie or buy a new one I think will do the trick.
So my question is, not what you think, what special hook makes an automatic buy for you? When it’s a Harlequin, it’s a cowboy. Yeah, I’m one of those. If it’s a historical, it’s a sexy medieval set in anywhere but Scotland. If it’s a contemporary single title, it’s a spy.