Dodging the bullet with Romance authors

When I read the NYT article, I cringed when I saw myself quoted as having said:

“Most of the science-fiction authors are more tech savvy than romance authors,” Mr. Terra said.

Wow. Did I really say that? If I did, it wasn’t meant to be a dig on the technical skills of authors of any particular genere. It was meant to offer a suggestion of why we have so many science fiction titles on the site, as SF writers do tend to be on the cutting edge of technology, in my limited experience, as a whole when compared to other genres. (See? I’m still digging a hole…)

At any rate, I’ve not seen a flurry of posts and comments from writers of romance who felt slighted by the quote. In fact, I’ve only seen one from Dear Author, and the slight was contributed to Sigler!

Romances are conspicuously missing from Podiobooks.com. Sigler blames this on the technical deficiencies of romance authors. NYT didn’t really investigate any further.

In the event that any romance novelists are reading this: I would love to have your books listed here on the site. I understand how HUMONGOUS the romance market is and how underrepresented it is here on Podiobooks.com. And if you, the reader of this post, know of any romance authors who are interested in new media publishing or pursuing non-conventional ways of getting their work to the public, pass them our way!





13 Responses to “Dodging the bullet with Romance authors”

  1. Shaun Farrell Says:

    I didn’t read it as an insult, Evo. Of course, I’ve heard you discuss this phenomena before, so I had a frame of reference. Seriously, though, you stick your foot in your mouth worse than that on a weekly basis at Slice of Scifi!

    The article was great. About time that this site, Sigler, Hutchins, Tee and the rest get some mainstream coverage. Well done.

  2. Sandra Schwab Says:

    as SF writers do tend to be on the cutting edge of technology, in my limited experience, as a whole when compared to other genres. (See? I’m still digging a hole…)

    Do you need a shovel? *g*

    Actually, since I signed my first publishing contract, I’ve scared my friends witless by slowly mutating into something of a computer geek (first the website, then the blog, then the podcast, then the booktrailers, then MySpace). People in Romancelandia seem to be more into blogging than into podcasting, though.

  3. Evo Says:

    Sandra,

    It happens to the best of us, Sandra. Checked out your podcast and noticed you are in the process of releasing a novella right now. Excellent. You know… my prior statement expression of love at the thought of having some romance work on the site (novel or novella) was made in earnest…

    E.

  4. Gail Says:

    Evo,

    I wondered about those quotes…

    Never mind. Some important names are a little more “out there,” publicity-wise. (Loved the closet.)

    More books! More books is always a good idea! Thanks!

  5. Nora Fleischer Says:

    Hey, I think you can call my book on this site, “Discovered Country,” a romance novel…

  6. David Says:

    Shaun

    Apparently Tee was unhappy that they didn’t interview him, I understand Evo has given him advice on how to get interviewed in the future.

  7. Barrie Abalard Says:

    Well, it looks as if I won’t have to discipline you, because you’ve already beaten yourself. :-)

    I’m a tech writer turned romance author, so I have some tech skills. But the new world of audio (former top-ten market dj here) will take a little study. But I am quite interested in creating podcasts and making them available on Podiobooks. This site is a great, great idea, and I plan to jump on it. However, first I have to invest in the equipment and learn what I need to do. Or maybe the other way around.

    Cheers,

    Barrie

  8. Maggie Bonham Says:

    Dear Mr. Terra:

    How dare you think that romance writers are less tech savvy than science fiction writers!!! Just because I was a rocket scientist, a device driver developer, a robotics programmer, a UNIX systems programmer and a systems administrator who now writes science fiction and fantasy, I feel I am totally typecast now as a geek because of you. I’m sure that somewhere there is a famous romance writer who enjoys reading assembly language and tracing C++ code as much as I did. Maybe they even have a TRS80 with the guts spilled out next to their multimillion dollar contracts.

    Seriously, though, Evo, thanks for doing a great job. From one geek to another.

    Maggie Bonham
    “It’s not a romance unless you have a body count”
    Author of Prophecy of Swords

  9. PhilB Says:

    I’m not into Romantic Fiction at all, but I have noticed that such books seem to be heavily promoted on the eReader ebooks promotional emails. Whether this is because romance readers/writers are in fact more tech savvy than you might think, or because it’s a way of reading such stuff in ‘secret’, who knows, but you may find similar results at podiobooker.

    Looking at their bestsellers list, http://www.ereader.com/bestseller , romance currently makes up most of their top 10, with mystery and scifi the other main genres.

    Phil

  10. Evo Says:

    Glad you are interested, Barrie. But I’d definitely suggest learning what to do before you go spend a bunch of money on equipment. You’ve got plenty of behind-the-mic from your radio days, but don’t think you need to go to anywhere near those lengths. Get yourself a good microphone and a way to get the sound into your computer. There are plenty of free audio programs out there for both Mac and PC users.

  11. Tee Morris Says:

    Haven’t chatted with her in a while…but Kiki of “The Kissy Bits” was working on a podiobook at one point. She’s a Romance/Chick Lit author from downunder. I’ll see what she’s up to…

  12. Deborah Smith Says:

    Tee —

    I’m thinking of signing up for your workshop via Carolina Romance Writers, and I don’t consider what you said to be an insult, just a little off the point. As a group, romance *authors* are tech savvy and avidly self-promotional. But a key chunk of romance *readers* tend to be low-tech. I’m partners in a small press, BelleBooks, that caters to older, more conservative readers, and we’re fascinated by the podiobook concept but worried that our general readership doesn’t even know what an iPod is, much less comprehend how to download a free book on one. At any rate, I’m signing up for your workshop. I love the idea of reaching readers — and booksellers — through this new avenue.

  13. LostinFL Says:

    I am an avid reader who purchased an iPOD to listen to music and discovered the wonderful world of podcasts and never listen to my music now.
    I can tell you that I am positive there is a market for any kind of story that you put out there. I have listened to everything from children’s stories to Oscar Wilde to noir crime fiction.
    I am so fascinated that I can listen to stories a chapter or segment at a time that I never would have taken the time to listen to before. I struggled through listening Le Miserable where I never would have made it through the language reading it.

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