Somewhere this week, and truly I’ve been searching to find where it was because I neglected to book mark it!, I read that Paranormal Romance is in a decline and that publishers are looking for more contemporary stories in a couple of different areas, including ones with fantasy elements.
Okay, my first thought was shit! I’ve had this world created and have been working on it for so long I’ve missed the boat.
The second was, wait, what to they mean by decline? (and honestly I don’t think this was the exact word they used. I think it was ‘sales are down’ or something). But then… that doesn’t mean paranormal isn’t selling, it’s just not selling perhaps as well as it used to. (incidentally, cowboys are, apparently, very hot) So whew, I still have hope.
However, if sales are down, then publishers are going to be more selective so I really need to get this story in ship-shape.
But then, in the same article (seriously!! if you find or know the piece I’m thinking of please link to it in the comments!) the writer said publishers were looking for contemporary romance. There were a couple of different areas of contemporary but the one which stuck with me was fantasy elements were okay (’cause, you know, I’ve got a bit of tunnel vision on these things). Um, okay, then maybe I’m still good? Fae? Weres? what do they mean by fantasy elements?
All I know is the romance genre market does shift. Not that long ago Regency seemed to be queen along side Romantic Comedy. Note that these still sell well, but perhaps not at the stellar height they used to.
So I think I’m okay. Just need to get this wrapped out and out.
Oh, did I mention I’m on page 322 of editing/revising? Things are going well. And yes, the H/h have finally had sex. Whew, I’d forgotten about that scene!
EDITED TO ADD:
Found where I’d seen the comments! One of my writing buddies was at RT and posted his impressions on what he’d learned in a private writing blog. Which explained why I didn’t find it when I went back through my history.
I’ve gotten KevaD’s permission to quote his comments:
I was there to meet up with some authors and talk with a Kensington publicist.
Apparently contemporary is really showing an increase in sales of late as paranormal sales go down. Erotica has the major publishers’ full attention right now, but now that they have actually read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” they are going to be really picky about the erotica novels they sign. They’re insisting on quality pantie wetting (my terminology), not whatever they can shovel out to the masses.
Thank you Amber Green for pointing me in the right direction!