There is an interesting article in Businessweek about the end of Borders that every reader and author should take a moment to peruse. Sadly, it confirms many of my impressions on why Borders came to an end and it has nothing to do with a lack of demand for print books and a lot to do with a number of other things.
The article made me think back to the days of Waldenbooks with their monthly romance newsletter and the many romance experts that Borders was lucky to inherit when they took over the chain. With such focus and support on one of the best-selling genres in publishing, it was always a pleasure to visit one of these stores and their fantastic booksellers!
Which makes me think of what’s happening now in a lot of the bookstores, especially with romance. Although the article mentions that bookstores are adding sales of educational toys and books which are higher profit items, it seems to me they are doing so at the expense of mass market books, especially romance novels. That section is getting smaller and smaller and not only in bookstores, but also in department stores that have book sections.
As a romance reader and writer, it’s a trend that worries me. If readers can’t go to the store and browse the romance section, the other place to go is the Internet. But if they do that, how will they browse? How will they find newer authors? Will it relegate authors to doing the .99 cent deal in order to get attention? If that’s the case, will readers ever go beyond .99 for a digital book?
I’d love to hear your take on what’s happening in your local stores and where you are shopping for romance now.
I know you may be here for an excerpt, but we’re in the midst of celebrating my 25th publication – STRONGER THAN SIN. What that means is lots of opportunities for you to win some fun stuff at various places!
For starters, drop by the Borders True Romance Blog. We’ll be picking three winners from the comments to receive signed copies of STRONGER THAN SIN and SINS OF THE FLESH.
Here is a link to the blog:
Also visit with me later in the day at SingleTitles.com where I’ll be talking about how to have a career in publishing.
Finally, we’re having a Halloween Bash today at the Dangerous Women Readers’ Loop. Tons of fun prizes from all of the Dangers Women authors, namely, Cynthia Eden, Donna Grant, Jennifer Haymore, Lisa Renee Jones and lil’ ol’ me. Just click below to share this image and join the group if you’re not already a member!
We’re having a slightly different Tuesday today for lots of reasons. It’s Groundhog Day for one and I hope that pesky critter (whose distant cousin has been ravaging my garden for years) is predicting an end to winter.
It’s also my grandma’s b’day. She would have been ancient! LOL! 106 to be exact, although she only lived to 94. Still a good age by any measurement.
But the big celebration is the launch of the ROMCON forums and a chance to win an assortment of prizes.
Here’s the note from ROMCON for you:
I’m blogging on super powers and would love to hear about what super power you would choose if you could have one! Drop by the FF&P Forum by clicking here:
Please note you do have to register to be able to post comments! Drop by the other forums and topics as well for a chance to win a reader registration to the conference. I’ve also donated a prize: autographed copies of FURY CALLS and SINS OF THE FLESH as well as a SINS insulated lunchbag!
Be sure to leave a comment to be entered for the giveaways. Thanks!
moar funny pictures
Hope you like the LOLCat that I captioned for you this Fun Friday. Also hope you like all these discounts I’ve rounded up for you! Hurry because some of them end soon!
Amazon 4 for 3 special – Includes SINS OF THE FLESH
15% off at B&N until Jan 31 Use Code M3B8T7W – cannot be combined
B&N Buy 2 Selected Romances get 3rd free plus free shipping over $25 (For Members Free shipping over $10) – Includes SINS OF THE FLESH
Borders ALL BOOKS Buy 4 get 5th for free – Can be combined with Borders Member Reward Code for 20% off BEG93010X or if Member BJT7138P for 33% off plus free shipping over $25
Amazon is running their 4 for 3 promotion on select books and SINS OF THE FLESH is one of them!
You can click here to visit Amazon and buy SINS OF THE FLESH or some other favorites.
Click here for this Borders coupon for 30% off which is good until December 7th! Or use this code online at Borders.com: BSL2696D
Barnes & Noble is offering free shipping to members for any purchase over $10. If you’re not a member, you can get member pricing and also get 15% off one item by using this code: B3U9U7U. I believe this code expires on December 9.
SINS OF THE FLESH is part of the Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Guide! So exciting that they’ve decided to feature it this way.
Want to see what other romance books B&N is showcasing for the holidays? Just click here to see the Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Guide.
Happy book shopping! Books make great gifts and stocking stuffers.
It’s a Surprise Saturday blog because I was so busy yesterday with an assortment of things that I didn’t get to do the Fun Friday blog. Had to take my daughter to her job at 2 a.m. because she was working on Black Friday. Then headed to the shore to start filming a Director’s Cut I am doing for you so that you can see some more Behind the Scenes of SINS OF THE FLESH.
Then back to the outlets to pick up my daughter, visit family and then return to the shore for some Black Friday shopping. My daughter and I got almost all of our Christmas shopping done which is great! Now I can focus on getting ready for the holidays and also some revisions I have to do on ARDOR CALLS, the next book in THE CALLING Vampire Series.
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful. Good food and family times. I’ll have some photos for you next week.
Before I take off for the rest of the weekend, here’s some happenings for you!
Visit me today at the Borders True Romance blog for a chance to win one of 5 copiesof SINS OF THE FLESH. Just visit this link: http://bordersblog.com/trueromance/
Don’t forget to get 25 extra entries into the contest at Bitten by Books on December 1. You can get the extra entries by RSVPing for the event. Just use this link: http://bit.ly/4TCKcE
Only two days left in the SINFUL THINGS CONTEST. Just tweet the info below or post it to your Facebook profile for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.
Celebrate Release of Caridad Pineiro’s SINS OF THE FLESH! RT for a chance 2 win a $50 Gift Certificate. http://bit.ly/2AZWlC