The big 5 publishers have failed us. It’s time to stop touting Gen Z as the solution.
“How come Sandra, all of the romance novel cover guys — most of them— have long hair?” Wally Kennedy, host of the morning show AM Philadelphia, asked romance novelist Sandra Kitt. The question is a sharp pivot— Kitt, the first Black romance novelist to be published with Harlequin— had just finished answering a question about the trials of interracial couples in her latest novel, The Color of Love. The year is 1995, and she’s sat slightly apart from three long-haired cover models, reminiscent of the Fabios and John DeSalvos of the day, to discuss why romance novels are so popular with women.
Read more details here: Not Your Grandma’s Romance Novel – by Chels (substack.com)