How hard can it be to write a best-selling romance novel? Quite hard, it turns out. This edition of Talking Books is hosted by best-selling author Catherine Robertson, and features romance writers Frances Housden, Bronwen Evans, and Jackie Ashenden.
Catherine and her guests discuss romance fiction and address the common preconceptions of the genre. Romance writing isn't just "that Mills & Boon stuff"; there is quality literature to be found in this genre, and the readership is much broader than bored, lonely cat ladies who want a man.
Romance writing is a booming industry, with US sales reaching $1.1 billion in 2013 - that accounts for one fifth of the US fiction market. The panel share their experience and advice on how to market their books and gain traction in the vast sea of romance literature.