This dismissive and sexist attitude towards the romance genre has to end. The genre written and read by mostly women generates billions of dollars for the publishing industry; that’s serious business.

Women of all ages read romance novels, they can be read at the top of a mountain, on an aeroplane whilst travelling to far flung destinations, on the beach or by the pool.

Romance novels are not an either/or they compliment life’s journeys. Retiring women don’t have to give up romance novels for more ‘worthy’ (according to Phoenix Group) pursuits. They are a reward after a long walk or run, something to relax with in the bath after a day with the grandchildren or quite simply for pleasure.

Phoenix Group have got this seriously wrong with these outdated stereotypes and have alienated their target audience. #RespectRomFic #ProudToWriteRomFic

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