After a long weekend of national celebrations, back to work.
There seems to be trouble in historical romance these days. Many, many books are being sold and enjoyed, but not as many as in the past. And many readers seem to feel that what they want to read, in style, in period, in setting, isn’t available any more.
Is it true? It’s hard to tell, but it can be hard to tell at a glance what sort of romance a book is, and in addition, some books simply don’t make it to many shelves.
So I’ve started a yahoogroups list called Historical Delights to try to bring the depth and breadth of historical romance to the readers. It’s for links to excerpts, delivered into readers’ e-mail boxes. Try before you buy!
You can visit the list at Historical Delights
Or you can simply join by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Though the main purpose is for authors to send a message telling people about an excerpt up on their web page, readers are welcome to post links to excerpts of books they particularly enjoyed. You don’t even need to join the group to send a message, but all posts are moderated and their are some rules. You can read them on the page above. There will be no chat. There are already groups for that.
You send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. But do please read the rules first.
The list is for “mainstream” historical romance, the ones people seem to feel aren’t around in enough quantity and variety. Historical settings that include large amounts of other subgenres such as mystery, erotica, fantasy etc may not be seen as suited to this list.
I hope this turns out to be useful and fun.
And for discussion, what do you think of the historical romance selection these days? Are you finding what you want? If not, what do you think has happened to the genre?