- Three Authors Discuss Their Favorite Romance Novels Featuring People of Color – Jessica W. Luther, whom we spoke to earlier in the week, posted a roundtable discussion with authors Suleikha Snyder, Farrah Rochon and our own Rebekah in Bitch magazine’s blog. Nice to see romance in a feminist venue like that.
Farrah: My readers have been incredibly receptive of my stories. I have my set of diehards who will read my books the day they release, and by the next day are asking for the next story. For years most of my audience was African-American. However, when I ventured into self-publishing, I decided to make my book covers race-ambiguous and I gradually started to gain more and more non-African-American readers. People can read into that statement any way they chose, but it’s a fact. The feedback from most readers, including a huge number of white readers, has been fabulous. They discovered that my stories were engaging, relatable contemporary romances that just so happened to have African Americans as the lead characters.
- Love, Dating, Relationships and Disability – A commenter posted this on an older links post and I thought this collection of stories from disabled people about love and dating was pretty cool.
Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes the shapes and sizes include disabilities, big and small. We’re exploring love in many forms with first-hand accounts from the frontlines of dating, marriage, intimacy and friendship, all with people living—and loving—with disabilities or challenges like long-distance romance.
Did finding love seem more difficult because of having a disability? Many of our interviewees said that, at first, yes. (Of course, when is it ever easy, right?) But they all agreed that once people talk and get past questions or concerns, love is love—sometimes it’s messy but mostly it’s marvelous. And these stories show it.
- Analyzing the Author Earnings Data Using Basic Analytics – Digital Book World contributor and statistician Dana Beth Weinberg takes on the post by Hugh Howey that authors have been buzzing about. The comments are kind of amazing in their willful ignorance.
Howey makes a bunch of assumptions to get us from sales rankings to author earnings. Using data he and his friends collected from their own sales rankings, he extrapolates from the Kindle ebook rankings to the number of units sold on data collection day. Then, based on the kind of publisher and the price of the ebook, he further assumes the royalty rate the author receives. Finally, to get to yearly income, he multiplies the daily author revenue by 365. This final calculation assumes a constant rate of sales per day with no fluctuation and no difference in the sales trajectory of books based on publication date, publisher type, or being part of a series. Finally, while there are close to 7,000 books, Howey aggregates author revenue in his last set of analyses, bringing the total to 3,349 authors and giving them credit for all of their books in the top sellers, assuming all of their books are represented there.
- 9 Books That Will Change Your 19th Century Sex Life – Just in case you thought Victorians were all hermetically sealed prudes, here’s a list of books from the era that challenge the idea that they knew nothing about sex.
“The Art of Begetting Handsome Children”, Author Unknown, 1860
WHY: This virtually unknown pamphlet argues for two things: Firstly, that if you want beautiful children then both people have to really, really enjoy the sex that they are having. Because that is the best expression of true love, and true love results in beautiful children. And secondly, that the only way a woman would become pregnant was if both people invovled climaxed at the same time. So there we go: the Victorians – sexual pleasure and the female orgasm.
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.