This post is about the nitty-gritty of the business end of writing; so if that doesn't interest you, come back Wednesday for some spring flowers ;). We are truly in the wonderful season as it builds every day toward summer.
are recommended to continue to write in the genre where they are building a fan base-- assuming they are. Publishing houses discourage a writer from branching out without a new name. This is to avoid confusing readers. Some writers have always gone back and forth with assorted names. What I have observed is they generally bring to each genre the underlying essence of their books. I believe that is what I do when I switch between historical, contemporary and fantasy.
Right now, my choosing to leave the historical, for awhile, and do
something different is likely not a wise economic move. I am not a big name author nor do I have a big fan base. My books are mostly found hit or miss by readers. In switching to urban fantasy romance for five books, I don't expect them to sell as well as the historicals-- and they come and go for sales.
My earlier contemporaries never sold as well as the historicals. I suspect that is some to do with not having a place to
promote them. Or maybe they don't suit the typical reader of contemporary romance. Well, this could be even more so with this next five as they won't fit the paranormal genre as best I know it. My witches will be
human and live normal lifespans-- just they have a few magical skills, which most of us don't.
I am doing this because creatively, I needed a break. When
I thought about writing more historicals, my jaw hurt. This is an
indicator for me that my body is saying change is needed. I think it happens
because I am clenching it, but it happens with too much sugar too; so I
five books will be half the length of the historical I just wrote. I
had been planning this change to shorter novels for awhile. Literally,
if you are a writer, long
books are economically not smart. They are rewarding to write, as you can
subplots and develop characters with more depth, with room to play a
little. Economically though it does not pay
off. You spend a long time writing them but the prices cannot be that
than the shorter books. Then, if the book doesn't meet reader
you cannot get it seen by the right readers, your loss of time and emotional energy is, of course, greater.
Although my books will be shorter, they won't be novellas and they won't be possible to whip one out every two weeks. I don't follow a formula. My stories are character driven. They evolve out of research, my imagination and the characters as they become clearer to me in the writing. This is again not exactly smart from a business sense. I think formula writing is probably smart from a business sense. It's not copying someone else but finding what the readers most want and the writer's own place in that. If there is a need to make money, there's nothing wrong with it either. It satisfies a lot of readers and makes the writer a living.