The email was brief and to the point. After a year in the red, All Romance E-Books is closing its doors. As of December 31st, your go-to shop for digital romance will join David Bowie, Prince and all hope for America’s future (see my post on the US election) in the list of 2016’s casualties.
It’s not like All Romance and I had a long relationship, or that I depended on my royalties from them to pay my rent. In fact, I just discovered them a year or so ago.
Like the election of Trump, it’s what the company’s death represents, or the trend it’s indicative of:
Smaller companies unable to compete against corporate monsters. And perhaps, fewer people spending money on romance novels. Or, at least, spending less on the authors All Romance supported – indie author and authors with small and digital-first publishing companies.
I wish all the best to Lori James and the crew at All Romance. I’m sure their decision to fold was as heart-wrenching as some of the books on their virtual shelves. And I feel for all the authors who sold their hard-crafted works through the website and are facing the thought of not receiving their full royalties.
I will be accepting All Romance’s offer to pay ten percent of the royalties owed to be for Q4, but then, I don’t have a lot to lose. For other authors, it may not be so easy. I get that. But still, I urge compassion.
2016 has been a year of horrible loss. Let’s not make it any worse.