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Calling All Category Connoisseurs!

June 28, 2011

Romance University is currently hosting a two-day Ask the Authors event on their site spotlighting category romances and the authors who pen these short-but-addictive reads.

For those who don’t know what category romances entail, category, or series, romance are books that are shorter (usually 200 pages or less) and are released as part of a numbered series each month (like comic books), as opposed to single titles that are longer and aren’t released as often. Category titles also follow a set plot-line, often based on whatever imprint they fall under. The most popular and well-known category romance publisher is Harlequin, which has more than 15 different categories and releases 120 titles each month.*

The first RU Ask the Authors post — which I must say is both informative and inspiring — can be found here, and part II will be published tomorrow here.

Day 1 (pictured on the right) includes questions ranging from the basic introductory “How long have you been writing category?” to the more in-depth nitty-gritty such as “If you write for multiple lines, how do you balance that and shift back and forth from more than one writing model?”

I personally love category romances, which, in the span of my romance-reading career, I’ve only somewhat recently discovered. So whenever there’s an opportunity to pick an author’s mind about their process or what goes into writing a category title, I jump at the chance to learn more. I mean, how does one cram so much emotion and tension in less than 200 pages?? It truly is an impressive skill!

If you’re like me and love series romances too, or you’re just curious about what all the $500M+ per year hooplah is about, be sure to drop by the Romance University website and check it out for yourself!

Roaming Question: Do you read category romance? Why/why not?

PS: If you ever decide to give categories a shot, I guarantee the stories are far less corny and way more intriguing than their book titles!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. dogsear permalink
    June 28, 2011 7:45 PM

    What exactly is a “category” romance?

    • June 28, 2011 7:57 PM

      I added an edit to the post, explaining that category, or series, romance are books that are shorter (usually 200 pages or less) and are released as part of a numbered series each month (like comic books), as opposed to single titles that are longer and aren’t released as often. Category titles also follow a set plot-line, often based on whatever imprint they fall under. Imprint examples include Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Intrigue (both of which I’ve reviewed books from). Hope that helps! 🙂

      • dogsear permalink
        June 29, 2011 11:45 AM

        Ah, got it now. Thanks!

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