Avon Romance Invites Readers to “Share Your Book” Online
NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2013 — The recent redesign of the Avon Romance website, which integrated a dynamic blog feed featuring community-generated content, has fueled the emergence of a lively writing forum. Now, the publisher couldn’t be more pleased to announce the launch of the “Share Your Book” functionality at AvonRomance.com.
“This site gives readers the opportunity to interact with each other, as well as authors and editors, posting content and reviews. Many are placing excerpts from their own romance works-in-progress online for the community to review and rate,” shares Liate Stehlik, SVP and publisher of Avon Books and William Morrow. “So much talent is bubbling out of fan fiction sites and online writing communities; it was a natural progression for our site to include a special forum dedicated to emerging talent,” she continues.
“Share Your Book” is a unique experience: contributors can receive comments and critiques from their peers, as well as Avon editors, who will pop into the forum with occasional advice on individual submissions. Romance enthusiasts are thrilled that their excerpts live alongside those published by Avon’s authors, who also use the site to promote their own books. Visitors to the site “favorite” the submissions so readers and editors can easily see which are the most popular.
“With ‘Share Your Book,’ we are reaffirming our passion for nurturing new talent, as well as giving aspiring romance writers a communal space in which to test out new ideas and receive feedback from their peers and industry professionals,” says Shawn Nicholls, Senior Director of Marketing for Avon Books. “This addition enhances the community-centered feel Avon Books strives to create on the site,” he continues. “Much of the content is contributor-based, with bloggers, authors, and readers invited to submit their own posts to appear on the blog.”