Wednesday, June 24, 2009

All about Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts outsells pretty much everyone else who's writing fiction these days. What's her secret? Additionally, why is Nora's primary genre—romantic fiction—proving immune to the Great Recession? This in-depth profile of Nora in the June 22 issue of The New Yorker sheds some light. Some readers might be offended by explicit language. And registration is required to view full article.

New Yorker: Roberts, a romance novelist who also writes futuristic police procedurals under the name J.D. Robb, has published a hundred and eighty-two novels. In a typical year, she publishes five “new Noras”: two installments of a paperback original trilogy; two J.D. Robb books; and each summer, the “big Nora”—a hardcover standalone romance novel. Twenty-seven Nora Roberts books are sold every minute. Roberts grosses sixty million dollars a year, Forbes estimated in 2004, more than John Grisham or Stephen King. More...

New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, who interviewed Nora, offers additional insight in this podcast.

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