Equus: an untapped niche market

October 17, 2011 at 11:07 am (Books, comic, romantic comic-ity) (, , , , , , )

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Laughing at ourselves

October 11, 2011 at 5:08 am (Uncategorized)

More a visual joke than anything… clearly some of the jokes are only ones that romance readers can really appreciate. But quite a few focused on the “he’s too pretty to be straight” theme. Yawn. But since the “artist” Mr. Longmire might just as easily have appeared beside Ron Jeremy on some jokey twins separated at birth site, I’ll forgive himĀ  this little revenge. (Or wishful thinking.)

http://worldoflongmire.com/features/romance_novels/

 

 

Some inspired fans joined in the parody play with such offerings as:

 

I had to search for the naughty bits. Fortunately I have plenty of practice.

http://worldoflongmire.com/features/romance_novels/readers_naughty_covers.htm

from a romance revisionary

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Bankruptcy as a marketing tool?

October 2, 2011 at 11:54 am (Books, news) (, , , , , , , , , )

from http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1570#m13499

Book Sales Spike at Borders: Returns? What Returns?

One of the more curious side effects of the Borders liquidation may be the momentary sales boost for authors as 600 bookstores dumped inventory at high discounts. Author Karen Dionne explored the phenomenon in the Huffington Post, noting that in September, sales of her novel Boiling Point “doubled the second week of September, doubled again the week after that, and then held steady at the same peak level during the fourth week of September,” according to Nielsen Bookscan.

Sara J. Henry, author of Learning to Swim, told Dionne that her sales also “soared two weeks ago, nearly tripling the number of sales from the week before. Last week, the number dipped, but remains high. My publisher said yes, this was because of the Borders’s close-out sales.”

“Same story for me,” added Paul McEuen, whose debut, Spiral, spiked in September. “It took me a week or two to figure this out.”

Dionne said her Bookscan numbers for Boiling Point “correlate almost exactly with the number of books the remaining 300 Borders bookstores would have had in stock–two copies per store–which means that ALL of the Borders copies of my books have been sold.”

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