Ellen wrote up an entry about recent articles on erotic romance that pretty much sums up what the reaction has been from the erotic romance writing crowd.
This is the second article I’ve read in two days on the topic. Both of them talk about how Avon, Kensington, and Harlequin are expanding into hotter erotic romance, and both of them seem to suggest the major publishers invented the concept out of whole cloth.
I’ve read the USA Today article Ellen linked to, and I totally agree. And backing up their article with stats from Borders without mentioning who those stats are actually accredited to seems like a fairly deliberate omission.
From the USA Today article:
Kensington introduced its erotica line, Aphrodisia, in January. Harlequin’s Spice imprint hits stores in May, and HarperCollins will publish the first two titles in its Avon Red line in June. Berkley was a pioneer with its Heat line last May.
Berkley was a pioneer among the NY crowd, perhaps, but raise your hand if you really believe EC’s bookstore numbers didn’t play a factor in the development of Heat. Or if you haven’t noticed how many of EC’s top writers have been tapped for those various lines.
Five years ago or so, Tina Engler recognized an unfulfilled need in the romance market and launched a business that’s been an incredible success for her, the authors and countless readers. At least a nod of acknowledgement from the journalists would have been nice.