Today’s post is by a friend who allowed me to use her Bronco as a charactor in one of my novels.
Arriving after football practice at my son’s high school, I slipped out to switch seats so he could drive home, when one of his teammates waved at me. “He just likes your truck, mom.”
Ahh yes…the beastly dinosaur, a 1996 Bronco. My Broncosaurus. I’ve become known for my truck. Male SUV lovers drool over it. I’ve had Porsche keys tossed to me in trade for the extinct Ford. But like my husband told the salesman who begged us to trade it when he was dealing for his pick-up, “You’ll have to pry them from her cold, dead hands!”
The guy who instilled my love of the Bronco at seventeen was a playa in the worst way, but at least I found a faithful truck for the time served. Since then, I’ve owned two.
Because the Bronco as afforded me such notoriety, I couldn’t pass up the chance when Dani want to cast the “Broncosaurus” in her hot beach read, Hot as Blazes.
While browsing the last surviving chain bookstore in our area, the supposed largest selling genre (54% of the market), Romance, was housed on shelf space only slightly larger than the bookcase in my living room. And the selection of titles at the big box stores have dwindled to near nothing as well.
Most readers realize the entire publishing industry is in a huge transition. According to a recent article in Publisher’s Weekly, consumers are demanding more electronic reads, yet publishers keep e-titles at the same price as paperbacks. Whether or not it’s due to the publishers, the readers or the authors, it is glaringly obvious that paperback Romance is well on the way to extinction.
Don’t get me wrong, I love e-books, but shouldn’t consumers get a better price on them? I don’t believe their rant that e-books cost just as much to produce as bound copies and comments from small e-presses support my opinion. The music industry already went down this road and learned the hard way to sell music at a reasonable price to keep piracy down and attract more sales.
Drop the price of e-books or give readers more bang for their buck. Take a look at Mike Matas’ next generation e-book at TED. http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_matas.html
TV may not have killed radio, but the paperback will end up as a dinosaur…or at best at high-priced collectable.