In a recent mediabistro.com interview, erotica author Zane tackled a tough question: “What are your thoughts on bookstores shelving books in the African-American section instead of alongside other fiction works?”
Zane replied: “They sell better. That’s been documented. There’s no question about that. When someone goes into a bookstore and they’re looking for African-American books, they’re going to look for the African-American section. If they dig mystery books, they’re going to look at the mystery section. I’ve done my research and seen the figures; I’ve met with the owners and heads of bookstore chains. I used to sit in a Borders bookstore, bring my manuscript submissions with me to read, and for hours on the weekends I’d watch how people selected books, what caught their attention, what made some people look at books more, and what they actually took to the register.”
What do you think? Should bookstores include separate African-American literature sections?
“The worst thing you can do after wasting years of your life on someone who doesn’t deserve it is to waste additional years harping on it because that only increases the amount of time that you can never get back. If you want to be loved, you have to be open to it. Otherwise, it will surely pass you by.”
Zane, NY Times Bestselling Author of 26 books and the Publisher of Strebor Books/ATRIA/Simon and Schuster