viVian, Bitchery member and undergraduate student contacted us to ask for our help. She’s attempting to complete her final project for graduation by researching Romance Readers.
She’s using a survey format that the RWA has used in previous studies, but has modified it to conduct a comparison between previous data and present data, along with an analysis of “the differences between local and Internet readers.”
Her deadline is June 16, and her survey is conveniently located online, should you be interested in sending some data her way. Note: the survey is on a free survey site, but as an undergraduate it’s not like she gets funding for survey projects. And the survey site doesn’t collect any data from the user, so fear not any spam.
I’d be curious to hear what the final project yields, as the survey asks disparate questions about romance interests, from subgenre to cover preference. Question #11, “Have you ever hidden the fact that you were reading a romance novel,” is probably my favorite of the queries, as it does make me think which books qualify for the bookcovers I bought on sale.
Note: the survey loads Robin Schone’s site after you finish, which is deliberate. Schone helped viVian out with the survey setup.
So please, Ms. viVian, do let us know how your research turns out.