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Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday Spotlight: Kerrelyn Sparks
I’m writing this first essay in New York City where I’ve been attending a writers’ conference, sponsored by the published authors’ chapter of Romance Writers of America. Since it’s spring break, I invited my husband and high-school-aged daughter to come with me. While I was listening to presentations during the day, they were going places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or riding the Staten Island ferry. Then at night, we would have supper and go to a Broadway play. It was lots of fun, but chilly for spring break. Thursday morning, it was snowing!
That might not be a big deal for some of you, but we’re from Houston, Texas, so we’re not accustomed to cold weather or snow. We nearly froze, standing in line for an hour and a half outside the TKTS booth in Time Square in order to get discount tickets for the Broadway shows, but it was worth it! The shows were fantastic!
At the writer’s conference, we heard from publishing professionals like editors and literary agents, and invariably someone would ask how they felt about the future of publishing in these difficult economic times. Their answers were all similar. Sales for books overall may go down, but the Romance genre will remain strong. The tougher times get, the more people want to escape, and Romance provides escape at a price that compares favorably to the cost of other entertainment venues. Romance readers are not about to give up their books! They’re usually very loyal to their favorite authors. It does appear that hardcover books may suffer, but the mass market paperback will continue to thrive.
What do you think? Has the weak economy made you change your book buying habits?