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On competition and reviews

It’s a good time to be in the publishing business, especially if you’re publishing e-books. And according to this article in today’s New York Times, romances are especially enjoying a real resurgence thanks to the ebook boom. After seeing the article, I found myself wondering if the writers at the NYT weren’t reading our minds. Just this past week we discussed how Kindles and other electronic devices have made it easier than ever for the modern, independent woman to discreetly purchase a spicy “bodice-ripping” romance featuring situations – and characters – that are far less politically correct than what’s currently in vogue. But with an increase in sales comes an increase in competition. Sometimes that spirit of competition can  turn ugly. According to this article in the Daily Mail, in a bid to increase their own sales, some publishers and authors are employing dirty tricks, and using reviews as their weapons. The story involves subterfuge, jealousy and dirty tricks in the world of literature. And its unlikely setting is the readers’ reviews section on Amazon. Alongside details of a book for sale, the website offers supposedly independent verdicts from customers, including a rating of from one to five stars. However, rival publishers are accused of hijacking the system to praise their own volumes and disparage the opposition. Authors are turning on each other, agencies are charging up to £5,000...

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An interview with Carolyn Faulkner

[slideshow] When it comes to adaptable, imaginative writers, few can compare with Carolyn Faulkner. For years, she has turned up the heat for readers no matter what genre they prefer – from hunky firefighters to Civil War soldiers to muscular cowboys to enigmatic vampires, Carolyn’s heroes exude the breathtaking, take-charge manner that leave her feisty heroines satisfied in more ways than one. Recently, Carolyn granted an interview to Blushing Books blog and the answers she gave to our questions not only offer no shortage of surprises, but also reveal why this frank, honest writer enjoys such broad appeal with readers. Blushing Books: I’m always interested in how writers get started in their craft. I know from reading up on you that you were writing for newsgroups before your work caught the attention of publishers. Now you’re a successful writer of romance novels. Did you ever think it would come this far? Carolyn Faulkner: I never, ever, ever thought that I would be a professional writer.  I’m just glad my Mom was alive to see me get my first check for a story, since it had been her dream to be a writer all of her life.  I never dreamt of it, even though I’d spent the majority of my life writing (since I was 9), because I was never able to finish a story.  I had tons of beginnings...

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Kindling an interest in sex

I ran across this article on Slate.com today. It’s a good read, but I must confess that the last line had me scratching my head a bit. Anyone who thinks it will hurt Kindle’s reputation to be a venue for free erotica is missing the point. As I pointed out in yesterday’s post, trade paperback romance novels aren’t exactly aimed at your average Sunday school teacher, and until publishers sought to make romance novels more politically correct many of those books could easily have passed for a slightly tamer version of Office Slave. If people think Amazon allowing publishers...

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Erotica politics

A few weeks ago when I interviewed Blushing Books author Sullivan Clarke, one particular response she gave to my questions stuck with me. It was about the romance novels she used to read that inspired her to become a writer. Sullivan had been a big fan of what my friends used to call “bodice-ripping” romance novels, where heroes were strong and authoritative and the women were feisty hellions whose sole purpose seemed to be finding a man who could love, protect and tame them. That’s something she and I have in common, because I loved those books, too. Those...

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Exclusive offer for blog readers!

Black Friday was yesterday, which means the mall madness portion of your holiday season has just begun. Part of the fun of shopping is looking for a discount, so if you’re reading this post today, then you are in the right place at the right time. Today we offer our first ever discount exclusively for blog readers – $10 off any order over $15 from the Blushing Books store. With the affordability and selection of Blushing Books, the only problem this may present is which ones to choose. Taking advantage of the discount is easy. Simply select your books...

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