It’s with a bittersweet mix of sadness and excitement that we officially announce the closure of Knockin’ Books. When we started this journey, our mission was twofold: offer a place for readers and authors to hook up (so to speak—nothing dirty), and to help indie authors improve their craft and get noticed. In our opinion, we’ve accomplished that goal, and we’re ready to move on to our next blogging adventure. So, just like we do with our book reviews, we’ll give you a glimpse of what we loved most about Knockin’ Books, what we, well, quite frankly, won’t miss at all, and what the future holds for us (and you readers out there):
The Good (often The Great)
We worked with so, so many talented, sweet, marketing savvy authors. You guys made all our hard work worthwhile. We’ll see you all again on the bestsellers lists, because people like you just BELONG there. Special shout-outs to: Kristen Ashley, Darynda Jones, Robyn Peterman, Joan Swan, L.E. Wilson, Liza Street, Michael Stephen Fuchs, Annie Arcane, Keith Blackmore, JC Steel, Jeremiah Knight, JA Konrath, Danielle Hardgrave, Moxie Darling, Keira Blackwood, Cassie Strickland, Amanda Carney, Caitlyn Lynch, Kate Ryan, Theresa Braun, LD Rose, KT Munson, Lori Sizemore, Isabel Jordan, Michael Michaud, Kel O’Connor, Jaxon Reed, Kari Nichols, Emma Hamm, Amanda Siegrist, Marion Myles, Sibyl Eisley and everyone else we’re surely forgetting.
In addition to all the fabulous authors we mentioned (and forgot to mention) above, we have to also say a special thanks to all the fabulous publishers, publicists and literary agents who worked with us since day one. You know who you are. We hope you also know how much we appreciate and admire you all.
And last but certainly not least, we’d like to thank our readers, especially those of you who took the time to reach out and comment on blog posts, reviews or even on social media. Your kind and helpful thoughts, ideas and suggestions helped us keep Knockin’ Books going longer than it would have otherwise.
The Bad (and sometimes The Ugly)
For every awesome author we worked with who made our job simply delightful, we ran into a few turds who seemed determined to rain negativity down onto our heads until we were as miserable as them. I’m talking to YOU:
So, what are we going to do with all our free time? Glad you asked. During our journey with this site, we stumbled across something we found undeniably fascinating.
Romance readers are one of the most engaged and passionate audiences you’ll ever find.
Seriously, just about every romance-related blog post and review on Knockin’ Books outperformed almost all our other content. We also noticed that romance readers and authors were much more likely to leave comments, help promote and offer feedback than those in other genres. This combined with our existing love affair with the romance genre (and our hatred of all the stupid myths spewed by critics) led us to start a new blog, Romance Rehab. To say we’re excited about this new part of our journey would be a ginormous understatement. We hope all you romance authors and readers will check it out and throw your love and support our way. We’d love to hear from you! Heck, we even hope all of you who aren’t romance fans will check it out, too. We’ll bet we can change your minds!
But what about all that great Knockin’ Books content? Will it just be gone forever?
The short answer is “No.” Regardless of our decision to shut down the Knockin’ Books blog, we still believe we’ve accumulated a substantial collection of useful content for writers. With that in mind, we’ve decided to migrate a lot of the content you loved from Knockin’ Books over to Romance Rehab into a “Writer’s Resources” section, in case you’re ever in need of smart and insightful advice (if we do say so ourselves). In addition, the Knockin’ Books Twitter account and Facebook page will live on (at least for now) and you’ll still be able to reach us at our current email address for the foreseeable future. Feel free to reach out if you have questions or just want to connect.
With love and best wishes to you all, we sign off.
Jennifer and The Design Dude.