Busting the Myths of the Romance Novel
Speaker: Diana Cranstoun
Myth: Anyone can write a romance novel. They're badly written books read by silly women.
A large proportion of readers are college educated. Authors include university professors, lawyers and surgeons.
82% or romance novel readers are women. 18% of romance novel readers are men.
The Romance Novel is a billion dollar industry. One half of all mass market paperbacks sold in the US are romance novels.
Busting the Myths of the Romance Novel will give a bit of history as well as the requirements of the genre; what makes a book a romance as opposed to a love story and how you have to be a good writer to keep the reader engaged in a book where they know how the story will end. Diana will address the many misconceptions of this much-maligned genre and will also provide an opportunity to discuss how to write a romance novel and get a book ready for market.
Diana is the current vice-president of the Alberta Romance Writers' Association and has given several workshops on the craft of writing for CALL.