Pocket Books Senior Editor Abby Zidle has been a romance reader since she was 12 years old, and she planned to write about romance fiction as proto-feminist literature (arguing that it is not anti-feminist) when she was a graduate student. Looking back on it she says, "A bad day in publishing is better than a good day in grad school."

When we met, Abby pondered the future of print publishing, its similarities to the music business, the pressures on 21st century women, and the validation of women's desires one finds in romance fiction.

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