Karen T has a great entry asking who is the next Nora, Crusie, SEP, etc? on her blog. You should definitely go read it.
Think about it. Who can you name of the â€œnextâ€ generation, for lack of a better word, with the starpower, or potential starpower, of a Nora, an SEP, a Cruisie? I canâ€™t think of anyone, although if you can, feel free.
I…don’t know. I think pure romances are a rare breed now, and with the “hot” subgenres coming and going, those who are stars are only stars until their market’s saturated and goes away. The thing with Nora and Crusie and SEP is that they all write romances, period. (Although Crusie’s passed into a women’s fiction hazy area that some of her readers love and some of us don’t.) But they’re not affected by the whole sex is in, vampires out, and let’s have the heroine carry a gun merry-go-round. They write solid, damn good love stories that transcend the genre. But that’s just my take on it.
Then again, maybe itâ€™s simply because distributors and retailers donâ€™t give newer authors much of a chance, either, preferring to stock backlists of already bestselling authors.
This is a big thing that really, really pisses me off every time I hit the book aisle at Walmart. There are literally dozens from Nora’s backlist, and then dozens from her Robb backlist. There at least a half-dozen other authors whose backlists they also stock. Considering the pathetic size of their book half-aisle, that doesn’t leave much space. Factor in the bestselling section, and there’s a very small area left for everybody else. I get incredibly frustrated when I know there are good books out by newish, very talented writers, and I can’t find them because there are three copies each of every release Nora’s ever had. And I do have a great deal of respect for her success and I know those books are there because they sell, but I can’t help resent the lack of space for rising stars.
Just my 2 cents.