Monday, February 19, 2007

You Go, Girls!

Did anyone else notice the plethora of romance novelists—current and former—atop the NYT print lists for the week of February 25? I did, and I counted fourteen. That’s right. Fourteen. Janet Evanovich, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Gardner, Barbara Delinsky, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Sherrilyn Kenyon, just to name a few. Yeah, Nora’s on there, too.

I’m not sure why I’m so excited about this. I don’t know any of these women personally (although I DID meet Susan Elizabeth Phillips on an elevator once and she was perfectly lovely), and I’m certainly not getting paid to endorse them. Maybe it’s because of all the snarky comments we romance authors get—“when are you going to write a REAL book?” etc., etc.--that makes this feel like a wonderful validation. The New York Times reports that romances account for 55 % of all mass market popular fiction sold every year. This isn’t news to the millions of people that read and love romances, but it’s still cool to see the rest of the world recognizing what lots of us already know: there are a lot of damn good romance authors out there.

So I say: you go, girls! WTG!

Which of your favorite NYT bestsellers were on the list this week?


Eve Silver said...

Ann, I must say I'm a fan of all those you listed. I'm looking forward to reading each of their new releases.

Wendy Roberts said...

I'm always thrilled see my favorite authors make the big lists. Now that I know how hard it is to be an author, I love to cheer loudly on the sidelines for those who do it sooo well.

Ann Christopher said...

Eve--yeah, my TBR pile isn't getting any smaller, that's for sure!

Wendy--I feel exactly the same way. I'm just so proud any time one of "our" authors hits a big list!


Kristina Cook said...

I'm also VERY proud when one of "our own" makes the list! And I can't wait to read SEP's Natural Born Charmer--her book Ain't She Sweet is one of my all-time favorites!!!