Sarah Wendell

Sarah Wendell
Smart Bitch, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books LLC

Website | @SmartBitches

Sarah Wendell is co-author of the book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy, one of the most popular blogs examining romance fiction. The site specializes in reviewing romance novels, pondering the history and future of the genre in digital form and in print, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models. In fall 2011, Sarah’s next book, Everything I Know About Love, I Learned From Romance Novels, will be published by Sourcebooks.

A frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, Sarah will be the keynote speaker at PubCamp, part of the 2011 SXSW interactive, and at the 2011 Book Bloggers Convention, held prior to Book Expo America. Sarah has been quoted in People Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro: New York, and Publishers Weekly. Sarah can be reached at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom, or via Twitter at @smartbitches.


10:30am–11:20am Thursday, 10/08/2009
Location: Online Level:
Moderated by: Kassia Krozser
Angela James (Carina Press), Malle Vallik (Harlequin Enterprises Ltd), Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books LLC), Kassia Krozser (
All too often our understanding of what readers want is based on what we want ourselves, or outdated assumptions, or even worse--guesses. In this session, panelists will examine the state of the publishing industry through a reader-centric lens. Read more.