Over half of all new books sold in a given year are romance novels. As one might guess, with such a large quantity of books on the market, quality takes a back seat. In fact, most romance novels are churned out in a simple, formulaic fashion, by authors who can grind several of these books out in one year. This may not sound glamourous, but, being that the average author can make ten to fifteen thousand dollars off of a single romance novel, this hungry market may just be the best way for a wanna-be writer to get a book published.
At least, thats what most are thinking when they set out to write their first romance novel. As any member of the Romance Writer’s of America would attest, romance writing is hard work, involving long hours, endless re-writes, and an ever-present uncertainty about their book’s publish-ability. In fact, of those romance writing wanna-be’s determined enough to be dues paying members of the Romance Writers of America, only a small fraction of them (less than 20%) ever publish romance novels. But, if your like me, and your determined, one way or another, to make a living with words, a carefully crafted romance novel may be your ticket into the world of published novelists.
Here are some links- funny, fascinating, and sometimes foreboding- about the world of romance writing.
A fresh look at the life of a romance novelist.
The Romance Writers of America.
e-Harlequin’s romance genres.
How to Publish a Novel
Tips and tricks for getting started as a writer.