African American Readers

Are we taken for granted? Yes, I said we because I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl. As I grew older romance novels became my preferred entertainment. I never had a problem spending my hard earn dollar bills on a good book.  

When you walk into a book store, do you have difficulty finding the novels you would like to read that was written by African American writers? Are you told, “We can order that for you” when you ask the store clerk about the novel? I don’t know about you, but I’m capable of ordering books on-line myself. When I go into a bookstore, it’s because I want the book now, not in a few days. I can’t tell you the number of times, I’ve walked into a book store only to be disappointed because they do not have the author I want to read on the bookshelf.

I read a variety of authors, one of my favorite is Julie Garwood. I never have a problem walking into a bookstore and purchasing her latest or any of her past novels. In some cases, I was able to purchase it before the release date. However, when another of my favorite author, Beverly Jenkins, Bring on the Blessings was released I could not find it in one bookstore on its release date. I can’t say it was any particular franchise, because I went to every bookstore that was in the metropolitan area I live. I ended up ordering it on line, as I do with most of my favorite AA authors.

Why? I’m not sure. Romance Slam Jam Conference has put out a survey that I hope will help to clear up a few misconceptions. Take a look at the questions, and then take a moment to complete the survey. At some point the industry will began to recognize the buying power of the African American Reader and in the future may give us a little more respect by placing the authors we like to read on the bookshelf. See the  posting below:

Readers of African-American romance don’t read romantic suspense, paranormal romances or romance with science fiction elements. Readers of African American romance don’t read many books. Readers of African American romance don’t buy books.
Do you disagree with any or all of these statements? If so, please help us spread the truth.
The Romance Slam Jam organization is distributing its first-ever Readers of African American Romance Survey. Too often, the publishing industry provides only anecdotes or theories regarding who we are; where we are; what we want; and whether we have the numbers to support a wide variety of literary genres. It’s time we spoke for ourselves.
The link below will launch our survey. Please take a few moments to complete it to the best of your ability. Then, once you’ve submitted your responses, please tell a friend – or two – to stop by and help us get the word out about the readers of African American romance. The survey ends July 31, 2010. Once the survey results are tabulated, we will post the results to the Romance Slam Jam Web site and distribute a press release summarizing the survey to key contacts in the publishing industry and the media.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in spreading the word about readers of African American romance.
Here’s the link to the online survey:

Thank you for stopping by.

Until the next time,


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