Thursday, 5 May 2011

News and the science of heroes...

I don't know if you've all heard about it and I'm trailing behind but in case you haven't - Amazon are branching out into publishing romance novels, both print, ebooks and audiobooks. Read about it here. An expanding market can only be good news I think :-) If I find out more about submissions I'll let you know...
Other news - After analyzing 15,000 Harlequin books, neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam have compiled a list of the top 10 most popular professions for heroes in romance novels. They are: 1. Doctor, 2. Cowboy, 3. Boss, 4. Prince, 5. Rancher, 6. Knight, 7. Surgeon, 8. King, 9. Bodyguard, 10. Sheriff.
Interesting but number 3, Boss, covers quite a lot of professions really!
Do any professions turn you off a hero? Or alternatively turn you on???


7 comments:

Sally Clements said...

Fantastic, useful, newsy post, Lorraine! Thank you!

Rachael Johns said...

I'm interested to hear more about Amazon's new lines.
And LOL on the Boss thing! I think that is QUITE a cop out!

scarlet wilson said...

I'm just happy to see a doctor and a surgeon on the list - yeh for more medical story lines!

Lacey Devlin said...

That's good news about Amazon =) Great post, Lorraine!

Jackie Ashenden said...

But isn't a surgeon a doctor?? Lol!

Aimee Carson said...

I saw this list linked on Nathan Bransford blog and had a really good laugh! Boss, of course, appeals to my sense of the absurd. On that list was included prince, king, and my personal favorite . . . KNIGHT.

Romy said...

Where have I been these last few years, cos I haven't read a single romance with a knight in it?! Unless you include Mists of Avalon a couple of decades back ...

Though I guess if their 'research' included historicals, that might account for it, but I'd have expected Dukes and Earls to be up there too.

Oh well, I'm off to my TBR shelf to do a little more 'research' of my own now!