People have been saying that contemps are dead.
But if you follow any of the agent or publishing blogs, you know that the whole industry is taking stock of what they have and what they want to spend money on. With the DOW's nosedive, many of us have already taken measures in cutting back whether it's cutting those Sunday coupons to frequenting the library more for books.
Since I'm the lone contemp writer of the Vixens, I'll give you what my experience has been so far: rejection. I'm not deluding myself in thinking that it's not all my fault, but at the same time, I know when I write a damn good story. If you're a big name, you might have more ease in selling contemps but a newbie trying to break into the market is trying to find this:
So why aren't contemps selling? Is it because there's simply too much crap going on in the world that readers don't want to pick up a romance where they have to read about it? And in these dismal times, what do you want to read?