Thursday, April 9, 2009

Happily Ever After

This morning a segment on the Today Show caught my attention. While overall book sales are down, the program said, the sales of romance novels are up! The sales of Harlequin books are up 30% over last year. During times of recession, readers want "happily ever after." They want romance, not the latest gloom and doom news reports, those readers who were interviewed pointed out.

Of course, I was delighted to see this report. My novels all have happy endings. Stranger in My Heart, the book I am working on right now, has a happy ending as well!

While reporters love to poke fun at the romance industry, romance authors smile. Money talks. Everyone is looking for a happily ever after.

Mary Montague Sikes, Author
Hearts Across Forever, Eagle Rising, Secrets by the Sea


F. M. Meredith, author said...

I think we all need to change our thinking about the economy--yes, it's not wonderful, but if we would all start thinking positive, I bet we'd see a change.

Check out my blog for other thoughts on the matter.

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

BillieJohn said...

Great point, Monti. I always like to recall that booksales were strong all through the Great Depression...books quickly become great value for the entertainment dollar when budgets are tight!!

And a little romance doesn't hurt anyone...right?!!