Call it love at first write. YourNovel.com literally transports clients to the land of pounding hearts and heaving chests.
Choose one of 21 titles–from Jamaica Rendezvous to Rome: Diamonds, Danger and Desire — and authors/owners J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern will write in you and your honey as the heroes.
The husband-and-wife team started YourNovel.com in 1992. At the time Newbern was working on the manuscript for her own first romance novel. A friend wondered aloud what it would be like to read about herself in such a book. An idea was born.
“Our business has been the leader in this genre since we created the concept of putting couples in their own romance novels,” Fletcher says. “We were the first to bring the concept to life — make paperback books, make hardback books, add photos to the cover. We are the Mercedes of the industry and aim to maintain that status.”
Customers provide personal details — their partner’s perfume, say, their pet name, their favorite position. Then they choose a title and heat level: “wild” or “mild.” Wild comes with steamy scenes; “mild” leaves more to the imagination.
Couples aren’t the only ones placing orders. Many single women indulge their daydreams and cast their favorite celebrity as their leading man.
Fletcher and Newbern, who also work as travel writers, say that, as creative people running a small business, day-to-day administration can be arduous. But they add that nothing beats being your own boss and making a living doing something you love.
“We’re writers, number 1, so the constant marketing and selling can be a challenge but the payoff is great,” Newbern says. Prices range from $49.95 for a paperback to $119.96 for a hardcover with your photo on the front.
Just as in love, Fletcher and Newbern believe that in business you must take chances to reach a happy ending.
“Yes it is very profitable,” Newbern says, “not only in terms of money but also in terms of doing something you love. We really have lived the saying, ‘Follow your bliss and the money will come.’”