Besides the fact that I can’t spell Samhain unless I’m looking at it *snicker*
10. Luna isn’t “circling the drain” so to speak. In the editor panel an audience member asked about reports of Luna’s demise and that she’d seen on blogs that Luna was “circling the drain and going the way of Bombshell”. Stacy Boyd, the Harlequin Luna editor and an incredibly well-spoken and savvy lady, denied the rumors. She stated that Luna is refocusing the line and that they’re being even more choosy with what they’re contracting, but at this time Luna is not folding.
9. Rose Hilliard of St. Martin’s would love to see a really good succubae/incubi paranormal come her way. Now everyone send her one and blame me 😉
8. Sorry Sybil, but no one wanted Westerns. And I do mean no one (well, except Samhain–we love Westerns). All the other editors there representing Avon, Kensington, St. Martin’s, and Harlequin said no thank you.
7. Sex still sells.
6. So do inspirationals.
5. Chick lit is dead and merging into other genres of fiction.
4. Avon seems to be branching out. They’re accepting inspirationals, historicals (and historical novels, not just romance), paranormal, romantic suspense, etc.
3. Yes, you can write about sports in romance. Several editors mentioned a few different authors who’ve done this. I mentioned the rising popularity of NASCAR and other sports with women.
2. If you’re writing a romantic suspense and are wondering about ratio of suspense to romance, don’t. Unless you’re writing for a Harlequin category line. Otherwise write what the story demands because that’s what the editor wants to see.
1. If you’re writing a paranormal, it should probably be unique. Vampires and werewolves are on the cusp of overdone so you’d better have a damn good twist on the story. Otherwise, paranormals are still hot, but try writing about something other than vamps 🙂
There were editors present from Harlequin, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Avon and Samhain (that’s me *grin*) If you have questions about what was discussed, feel free to ask. Clearly, I didn’t take notes but if the question was asked (and answered) I can probably recall the answer 🙂
Next up: What I learned from the agent panel at NJRW