As President and for my own research purposes, I sent out a Romance Reader Interest survey. Its purpose was to discover readers' racial preferences in romance novels, gauge needed diversity, find gaps, and help authors with marketing strategies. Though I'd hoped for 1,000 respondents, I received a little over 300. You can read the results here.
If you have questions or ideas for another reader, writer, or publisher survey, contact me, Zena Wynn, at the email address listed at the bottom of this newsletter.
We have started a biweekly feature on EPIC's blog called "Featured Friday," which will hightlight EPIC members and eBook and Ariana winners (including non-members). It kicked off on July 7 with a history of the awards. This past Friday featured our very talented L.C. Chase. It's a way for us to show off our talented membership as well as give you a little bit of extra exposure. This is being handled by EPIC director Vivien Dean.
It's very easy to participate. People who sign up will be given a list of interview quesitons, from which they choose 3 to 5 to answer. Thos are sent back along with any promotional information they wish to include (like a new release, a business, etc.) and Viven will format and post to the blog. The article will be promoted on EPIC's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Feel free to spread the word. If you're interested, email Vivien. Her email address is vivien_dean(at)yahoo(dot)com.
HeadTalker with its 13 million plus members has been acquired by Newswire, a top news and media distribution platform. According to Newswire's announcement, they are "committed to create new and better ways to take a social media message viral."
Existing HeadTalker campaigns will continue as normal, but the site is currently closed to new campaigns. We'll pass on news as it is reported.