Top News Stories This Week: The Liar by Nora Roberts and MobileGeddon

New book from Nora Roberts

The Liar paperback cover

Romance on top! That’s the story with the release of Nielsen Bookscan’s latest information on Australian bestsellers. The Liar by Nora Roberts has leapt straight into the chart at #1 on both the Highest New Entry and Bestseller lists.

The Liar is available in Australia simultaneously in hard cover and paperback. The hardcover is an import from the US while the paperback is a British edition. It is interesting to note the completely different feel to the two covers.

It is the paperback that has bounced to the top of our charts. However, the hardback is the edition which is top of the pops in the US, heading both the Hardcover Fiction and Top 10 Overall lists with 89,282 copies sold in two weeks – and that excludes ebook sales.

Recent release by Nora Roberts

The Liar hardcover edition

From its description, The Liar might be more romantic suspense than contemporary romance, but there’s no mistaking the second chances romance line or the danger. If anyone has read it and wants to let us know what they think, please comment.

In other news of importance for romance writers, Google triggered ‘MobileGeddon’ when it officially changed its search algorithm on 21 April to favour websites that are mobile friendly. This means that websites that are mobile friendly will be given a preferential ranking. If your website is not mobile friendly, it will automatically drop down the list (and off the first page).

The change to the algorythm may not have much of an impact if someone searches for you specifically, especially if you have an unusual name, but if your name is similar to someone else’s, or they search by title or broad category (romance, romantic suspense, erotica etc), it will definitely impact negatively on your discoverability if you are not mobile friendly. The best is to grit your teeth, speak to your website designer or Internet service provider and budget for the extra dollars required to upgrade. According to a number of services I have spoken to, it’s not that expensive.

If you wish to read the official Google announcement, you can do so here.


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