I have to admit that it took me years to read that first romance novel. A friend of mine lent me The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy (and I guess some would not even consider that to be a romance). That 700 plus page ROMANCE novel was on my nightstand for a LONG time before I felt obligated to at least flip it open and make an attempt to read it. OMG! What a great book! Yes, intelligent woman (although following her heart cost her a LOT!), hunky guy, great storyline and great writing! Hmmm, maybe I should take another look at those romance novels. Hmmm, maybe I should get a book cover....
Yes, that was the first romance novel I read, but it was not the last. I love romance novels now. (Give me a guy in kilts and I'm all over it!) Romance novels are not my primary genre of reading, but after seeing Love Between the Covers I want it to be! What awesome authors! I loved seeing the camaraderie between the ladies (I did not see any men in the fray) and how they genuinely wanted to help one another. The encouraging phrase, "There's room for you too!" coming from the sidelines for anyone who wanted to break into the romance industry.
Some of the things I "learned" about in the movie...
- There was/is a lack of African American romance novels. Author Beverly Jenkins shared this while filming... "I read everything. I read science fiction. I read fantasy, westerns, you know, Zane Grey, everything, and I also read romance. But there was nothing for somebody who looked like me." I never thought about it before, maybe because I never had to think about it before, but thanks to wonderful writers like Beverly that void is being filled.
- Some of those romance covers are an actual photo shoot with models in period wear. It makes sense, but with the wonders of computers, who knew they actually did it the old fashioned way. I loved seeing them set up the shots. (especially since photography is a love of mine and use to be a profession way back when) How do they make those "painted" covers, like the old Fabio romance covers?
- Self publishing is very much accepted, but to make it "big" is much easier with a publishing house behind you. Also with a publishing house comes an editor, which some authors would not want to do without. Which brings to mind- does an editor make a good book better?
- Romance Writer Conferences are fun!