The Romance Genre on the Web

Researching online romance genre communities and their perspectives

Survey ended

Filed under: News,Research updates — Bron at 7:55 pm on Thursday, November 1, 2007

I’ve just deactivated the online survey. I actually feel kind of sad about it, as it’s been running for some months now and backing it up at least once a day (and watching the participant numbers climb!) has become a part of my routine.

I’d like to sincerely thank everybody who has contributed their time to participate in the survey. There has been a great response rate, with a fantastic 802 participants.

My task now is to start analysing the data, and then writing up the results. I’ll report some of the results here on my research blog, as well as in conference and journal articles, and, of course, in my thesis!

Thank you again to all the participants – the romance genre community is a wonderful and supportive one, and your generosity in time in participating in this study, and in spreading word about it within your groups, lists and blogs, are examples of that.

I hope sometime in the next week or so to look at some of the general comments and provide an initial summary here on the blog of some of the issues mentioned. Plus, I’ll have some of the preliminary basic data fairly soon; the more complex cross analysis may take a little longer!

Last days for survey!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 8:29 am on Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Just a reminder that the online survey will finish around midnight, western US time, on 31st October. So, if you haven’t already done the survey, there’s only a little over 48 hours left.

Many thanks to the 740+ people who have so far completed it – this data will be very useful in starting to understand the ways in which romance genre readers and writers participate in and use online communities.

Once the survey is finished, I’ll begin the process of analysing the data. I’ll also be drafting some articles and thesis chapters soon, so I will be posting ideas on this blog for general discussion.

Good news!

Filed under: News — Bron at 7:08 pm on Friday, September 28, 2007

My novels are going to be published! More details over on my writing blog 🙂

Survey closing October 31

Filed under: Research updates — Bron at 1:03 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2007

I’m coming to the end of my main data collection period. The online survey has been running since late March, and I’ve decided that I’ll close it off at the end of October. That’s still a bit over 5 weeks away.

If you haven’t taken the survey already, please do! Also, please feel free to post a reminder on your own blog, emailing lists, websites etc so that as many people as possible can participate. There are already 580+ responses, and this data will provide important contextual information for understanding the nature and scope of participation in online romance genre communities.

I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed, both to the survey and this research blog. Once I start analyzing data, I’ll post some more info to the blog, and probably some draft writing and ideas for discussion. In the meantime, things might stay a little quiet for a few weeks – I have some reorganizing and re-prioritizing to do in my life at the moment, due to some developments, so that’s taking my attention just now. However, I’m looking forward to starting to pull together the masses of data and information from various sources I’ve gathered over the past year and getting it into meaningful shape.

I’m back…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 10:26 am on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Yep, it’s been very quiet round here – again. I can’t believe that a month has passed since I last posted, but that’s what the dates say. Gulp. I’ll blame it on going straight back to the madness of the day job the day after I got back from Dallas, and cramming beginning of semester work overloads, jet lag, bad flu-type thing, teaching a weekend workshop, more ‘flu, and a trip to Sydney for the Romance Writers of Australia conference into too few days.

I’m mulling a couple of longer posts about aspects of the genre, but simply haven’t had time to get them written down here yet.
I’m also at a stage in the PhD where I”m contemplating directions and reviewing where I’m at and what I have already.

In the meantime, there’s a great discussion over at Smart Bitches about alpha heroes, which reminded me of the romance hero archetypes I blogged about a little while ago. I’m still thinking that maybe we don’t have enough of a common language framework to adequately discuss the genre and it’s complexities, and would love to hear other’s thoughts.

Golden Heart

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 8:12 pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I’m finally home again from my trip to the RWA conference in Dallas – I still can’t quite believe that I won a Golden Heart Award! Thanks to everyone for their congratulations.

I’ll blog a little more about the Dallas and Golden Heart experience in the next day or so over at my writing blog, but in the meantime, there’s some photos over at my friend Theresa’s blog.

I’m taking my jet-lagged brain and body off to bed – I have to go to work tomorrow, so I definitely need sleep in order to function in the morning!

Radio interview online

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 2:51 pm on Friday, July 6, 2007

My interview for ABC* Radio National’s Bush** Telegraph went quite well this morning.

If anyone would like to listen to it, the audio file of the Bush Telegraph (rural and regional news and issues) program is now available. It’s in the program for Friday 6th July. Click on the audio links to the right to either listen via streaming or download the file. I’m about 26 mins into the program. (The audio files are only online for about two weeks.)

*The ‘A’ in ABC being for Australian, not the American broadcaster.
**No connection to any US Presidents. ‘The Bush’ in Australia is anything outside the cities.

RWA Dallas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 12:03 pm on Thursday, July 5, 2007

It’s only two more sleeps before I leave home and head to Dallas for the RWA conference.

I’ll be setting up some online focus groups when I get back, to have some real-time discussion about the genre, but if there’s anyone who’s going to Dallas who’d like to meet up with me for a chat, and provide your opinions and thoughts, I’d love you to contact me – you can email me at bronwyn.clarke at or leave a message for me at the Hyatt.

I’m looking forward to Dallas, and starting to get quite excited about it! I just have to finish getting myself organised and packed 🙂

Media interest

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 10:21 pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It’s been an amazing couple of days. My university sent out a media release yesterday morning, about my being a finalist in the Romance Writer’s of America Golden Heart Award. I expected the local paper to pick it up, and perhaps the regional radio station, but the response has been fantastic – I’ve done two radio interviews today, for the local regional radio station and the station for the north coast, a television news segment, an interview for the major news agency that feeds across the country, and I’m lined up for another TV news interview tomorrow, and a spot on Radio National next week, just before I fly out to Dallas.

There’s been an increase in visitors to this research blog today as a result. For any folks looking for information about my writing, it’s on the web under my penname, Bronwyn Parry.

The various interviewers have asked some good questions, and its been a great opportunity to talk about the contemporary romance genre. I hope I’ve done it justice.

Writer’s resources and learning online

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 10:02 am on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I’d like to ask authors and aspiring authors a few questions about their learning about the craft and business of writing and publishing. I know, in my own case, that I floundered as a beginning writer, isolated in a small town, until I found online groups and links to and information about the Romance Writers of Australia.

So, I’m interested as part of my research in what role, if any, the myriad of online groups, sites and resources have played for you.

1. How have online resources, groups and sites contributed to your development as a writer? What has been most useful? What has been least useful, or counter-productive for you?

2. Have you ever attended a formal writing program/course (eg at a college or university). If so, how did your learning in that program compare with what you have learned as a result of online or other activity?

3. What’s your advice to aspiring writers about online resources and groups?

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