I keep reading that publishers are completely in the hole and yet, whenever I’m in the bookstore, it seems like there are practically lines out the door. Granted, there seem to be a lot of readers in the DC area, but it just seems like I see people reading almost everywhere I go. And many of them are reading mass market paperbacks! So maybe that’s where the silver lining is.

I saw that Galleycat is reporting that romance sales are actually up this year – way up, as a matter of fact. In this article, the reporter indicates that sales in romance went up 83 percent this year, with sales of mass market paperback romances going up 50 percent. That’s rather impressive news!

Given the dreary economic climate, I find myself wondering if more people are reaching for those happy endings on purpose. For myself, I know that I find a good romance to be a very hopeful thing.

– Lynn Spencer