Hey, yeah you! You write ROMANCE. Get off this thread. What are you doing at this site?
“I have always been afraid that if someone put a non-trashy cover on a Romance novel, it would be like dividing by zero.”–I got this when I went on a Steampunk loop searching for a receptive audience for my new book.
I’ve also been exposed to the mean girls recently when subbing a fantasy story to some magazines. No romance–straight up fantasy. I got comments on my publishing experience! Look at those covers! Look at those bare torsos!
This from the lifetime readers of fantasy and scifi who are above romance. No, they never read a romance. Ever. Not when they were 14. They are waaaay above that. They suckled at the Tolkien teet and never looked back.
Go ahead, go visit a fantasy site/loop/forum and join in. For the love of Orcs, do NOT point out that they are also writing genre fiction. And that the fiction they are writing is not the bestselling fiction in the world. And that their genre is probably more glutted than romance.
Crickey, I learned my lesson.