First, my apologies for not posting on my assigned day, but my dad had some issues after his hip surgery and he was in the emergency room on Monday--the day I was supposed to post. But he's on the road to recovery now and life returns to normal...whatever that is!
But I guess normal for me includes writing. And no writing is worth publishing without research. If a book is poorly researched, readers will know. And they most likely won’t buy the author’s next book.
Good research is especially important when writing an historical. And while every reader isn’t going to know that a noble bastard cannot inherit the title even if the nobleman adopts him, a devout historical reader will. And that reader will tell anyone who’ll listen that the author was "ignorant" of certain historical facts.
But it’s not just historical writers who need to do their homework. World building is an integral part of writing a good paranormal or urban fantasy romance. And world building requires research.