It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
- Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
- Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - JC's Book Haven and Lite-Rate-Ture!.
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
- Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
- Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
- If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
- If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
- If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
I didn't know how tilted towards appealing to women the publishing industry was. Before I started book blogging, I assumed that people who regularly bought and read books were more or less evenly distributed between the sexes. But once I began book blogging, it became clear to me that a clear majority of regular readers are women, and that this has resulted in a publishing industry that tries to produce works that will entice that majority to continue to buy their product.
The first indication I had that this is true is simply the demographics of book bloggers. The book blogging world is overwhelmingly female. Although I can think of several dozen book blogs off the top of my head, I can only think of a single book blog other than this one that is primarily written by a male writer. Sure, there are numerous author blogs on which a male author tries to get exposure for himself and his work, but almost every book blog dedicated to reading, reviewing, and promoting books seems to be written by women.
The second indication resulted from talking with authors. I remember listening to Catherine Asaro talk about her writing career. Asaro, for those who don't know, is a very successful science fiction writer, with a couple dozen science fiction novels published. But when she was approached by a romance novel publisher, she said that the advance she was offered to write a novel in that genre was substantially larger than any advance she had ever been offered for writing science fiction. And Asaro is a very successful science fiction author - having written the very successful Skolian Saga, won a Nebula award and served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's of America. But despite her proven track record in science fiction - she was offered a lot more money to write romance. And publishing companies make those offers based upon what they estimate the market for the resulting book will be. The message here is clear: The male-dominated genre of science fiction is substantially smaller than the female-dominated genre of romance. Women read. Men don't.
And that is what I learned from book blogging that I didn't know before: I'm an oddball because I am a man who reads a lot.
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