It's an open secret that skin sells.
This is true in all kinds of marketing including romance novels. As much as the writer in me wants to be decorous and refined, I know in my heart of hearts that naked torsos mean more sales.
|#11 The Mistake by Elle Kennedy||#15 Double Dare by R.L. Mathewson|
Or the Amazon best sellers in romance:
|#1 Kindle Romance Contemporary||#1 Kindle Romance Romantic Comedy|
And don't even get me started on gay romance...
|#1 Gay Romance||#3 Gay Romance|
So while I'm trying to convince myself that my stories are deep and compelling, filled with emotion and meaning, exploring what it means to be human and to love, I'm confronted by the fact that readers are still buying books because a naked chest grabs their attention.
Also, a shirtless man exhibits sexual attractiveness. Due to the rise of the female gaze, we're seeing more and more of what women like--broad shoulders and slim hips. A book cover with a sexy guy on the cover says, "Come read me. I'll be your boyfriend for at least 200 pages." Can you really resist a guy that's so willing and eager?
So with that in mind, my publisher created the cover for my upcoming novel, The Klockwerk Kraken. It's a little bit scifi (one of my heroes has tentacles), and a lot romance.
I'm adding to the sea of naked torsos, but at least the view is nice.
AIDEE LADNIER is a writer who loves quirky characters. You can visit her website at http://www.aideeladnier.com or meet her at some of her favorite social media sites:
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