Well it’s been a pretty hectic couple of days, collating the results of our survey. But first things first – winners! We had fourteen books up for grabs, and we’ve searched our shelves and come up with a few more – so everyone’s a winner! Congratulations ladies! If you commented on our last post (29th December), then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise an address for postage, and we’ll drop your name into the hat to pair you up with one of our lovely authors, who will send you a book.
[Edit (Sorry, blame last night’s party 🙂 ) I’ve already heard from some of the winners – thank you ladies – and I realise I should have posted a list of names. Sharon, Jeanie, Lea, Charlotte, Susan Frank, Pam Lowery, Annie Burrows, Regencygirl01, Linda Hebb, Petro Grobelaar, Kaelee, Laney4, Julie and Amanda Gardener – thank you all for commenting and please do drop me a line.]
On to the survey. We truly didn’t know what to expect, as this is the first time we’ve tried a survey at Love is the Best Medicine. But we love to hear your opinions, so we thought we’d give it a go.
The results surpassed my own expectations, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated. Each one of your opinions and comments has been heard and we’re very grateful that you took the time to tell us what you think. We’ll leave the survey open for a while, so there’s still a chance to complete it if you haven’t already done so. [Edit: There’s a new page which can be accessed from the menu bar.]
Before I start, I’d like to say that we don’t claim that our results are representative of the majority of readers – although we’ve had a fabulous response over the last three days, we’d have to leave the poll running for much longer to get a statistically representative sample. This is a straw poll, and the intention was to start a discussion rather than draw wider conclusions. And it’s certainly done that! Lots of interesting views have been expressed.
Only one answer was allowed to most of the questions so the survey was all about ‘first choices’. Just because an option has scored low, it doesn’t mean it’s disliked or not taken into consideration – just that the majority of our respondents preferred one of the other options. So here goes:-
Which of the following do you enjoy the most? (46 answers)
I prefer stand-alone stories 54%
Linked stories from the same author 35%
Linked stories / continuities from a group of authors 11%
Which of the following is most important to you when choosing a book? (45 answers)
Which of the following settings do you prefer? (46 answers)
Country Town 37%
What is your favourite plot line (42 answers)
There was a wide variety of answers to this question. The most popular themes (in order of preference) were Friends to Lovers, Secrets (of all kinds!), Reunions, Enemies to Lovers, Mysteries (with a medical theme), Guilt and obstacles from the past and Marriages re-united, but you also mentioned lots more. Many of you loved all of them. (I think I can add my vote to that!)
For the hero and heroine, do you prefer:- (45 answers)
A combination of medical and non-medical professionals 44%
A wide variety of different medical disciplines 36%
At least one of them to be a doctor 18%
At least one of them to be a nurse 2%
Where do you buy your Medical Romance? And what formats do you prefer?:- (46 answers)
This question allowed respondents to check more than one option (which is why the percentages don’t add up to 100 🙂 ). 47% said that they bought eBooks, and a total of 63% said they bought print books in one format or another. 47% buy single title paperbacks. 25% said that they bought 2 in 1 editions because they are a good introduction to new writers, and 25% said that cost effectiveness was a consideration in buying 2 in 1 editions. 6% only bought 2 in 1 editions if they already enjoyed both authors. 43% of you said that you visit the library, and 30% buy at Charity Shops or markets.
Some people obtained books in just one format, but the majority reported that they get books from a number of different sources, and in a range of different formats.
What level of heat do you most enjoy? (46 answers)
It depends on the story and characters – I’m happy with any heat level 46%
Sensual and sexy 35%
Too hot to handle 11%
A gentle simmer 7%
I’d prefer to keep the bedroom door closed 2%
Do you like to know the heat level before you start reading? (46 answers)
I don’t consider heat levels when choosing a book 49%
I already have a pretty good idea from the cover / author 30%
I’d like to see books tagged to indicate heat levels 21%
And finally, in addition to Medical Romance, what other Harlequin / Mills and Boon lines do you enjoy? (34 answers)
Wow! Some of you answered that you enjoyed all of the lines, and many read widely over different lines. When we totalled all the different lines listed, there were no clear winners. You like them all! (I’m adding my vote to that, as well.)
The one thing that I’ve learned from the survey, is that none of our tastes are exactly the same, but that one thing we do agree on wholeheartedly is that we love romance! Which is a great thought to enter the New Year on. Happy New Year!