Literally, Don’t Judge the Book By Its Cover

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Jess and Trisha talk about who’s losing with Audible’s romance subscription service, consider some of what makes romance unique in the world of self-publishing, deliver news about a couple of publishers, and – as always – recommend books.

This episode is sponsored by Raw Power by Jackie Ashenden and Falling Star by Terri Osburn.

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This round-up from The Guardian can help you connect all the dots on the Riptide Publishing story we discussed.

The Digital Reader reported on the initial frustration with Audible Romance payments, and then they reported on the payments.

Here’s that 2017 Smashwords survey we mentioned.

And some words of wisdom (from 2014) on traditional vs self-publishing from Courtney Milan.

Seriously, it’s time to subscribe to Book Riot’s Romance newsletter Kissing Books if you haven’t done it yet. Everyone is talking about it.

Books Discussed:

Acute Reaction by Ruby Lang

Crazy For You by Rina Gray

Medal Up by Nicole Flockton and Fiona Marsden

Between a Rock and A Hot Mess by Phyllis Bourne

The Player and the Pixie by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Sanctuary by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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