Friday, September 6, 2013

What's in a name? Quite a lot.

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Way back two literary agents ago, my (then) agent suggested that I take initials to write my Jeff Resnick Mysteries.  She said:  "Men will not buy a book written by a woman."

She was right.  A very small but loyal bunch of WOMEN readers did find the first book (Murder on the Mind--which is FREE on all e formats and available as a trade paperback--and coming soon: a new audio edition), mostly in libraries, and some found it through the Harlequin Book Club when they did a mass market paperback edition.

And then came the ebook explosion and suddenly everything changed.

Not only were men buying mysteries written by women, but suddenly they were reading romances, too.  The anecdotal evidence was that covers directed at women, or that had women's names on them, were keeping men from reading books written by women.  Now a man can read what he darn well wants on his e reader, tablet, or smart phone and nobody knows.

One day this week I woke up to find THREE notes in my e mailbox from men all telling me how much they enjoyed reading my books.  Not just the darker Jeff Resnick books, but Booktown Mysteries, too.  (Now to figure out how to get them to read the Victoria Square novels.)

Obviously I'm thrilled. Every writer wants to find readers.  That male readers are now finding me is kind of mind blowing.
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DARK WATERS, Jeff Resnick Mystery #6, will be available October 1st in all e formats and as a Trade Paperback.  It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.  Preorder for Nook, iTunes, and Sony will be available in approximately two weeks.