Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jumping Genres With Gleeful Abandon!

I've always enjoyed moving from one time period to another with my writing. There was always something challenging about pulling yourself out of a post-Civil War historical mode and tossing yourself helter-skelter into a steamy contemporary theme.

I'm fortunate enough to actively write for three great publishers who indulge my creative need for challenge and my desire to not be tied to one specific genre. I do have books with a fourth publisher but haven't written for them in a couple of years simply because they prefer their authors to focus on one particular genre and, unfortunately for our partnership, my brain just isn't wired that way.

My current contracted works-in-progress include:

  • Waking Up in Oz - a vintage retelling of the Wizard of Oz
  • Her Highland Hottie - a contemporary erotic novella sequel to my winter release, Kilty Pleasures
  • Secret Santa's Surprise - a 2018 holiday novella sequel to Bewitched
  • And an untitled time travel/fantasy sequel to my latest release, The Vessel

I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Manchester, NH where I attended Fall In Love With New England, an author/reader get-together centered on the reader, rather than the writer. Authors gave workshops and played games geared toward the reader. We had a costumed dinner party (my Egyptian Pharaoh costume took second place), and held a book signing which was also open to the general public.

I hadn't done a reader event in years and this smaller, more intimate conference was a great way to get my feet wet again. One of the many comments I heard from new-to-me readers were that they were anxious to see how well I moved from one genre to the next. Hopefully, given they either bought or won books from four different genres, they won't be disappointed.

I'm writing this at the end of a long travel day so I'll keep it short. I'd love to hear from you on how you feel about authors writing in more than one genre. Do you think it helps or hinders their ability to create a good book?

Until next month.
Nancy

10 comments:

  1. I envy your ability! I also envy you that conference in Manchester. It sounds like a great one.

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    1. Liz, it was my first time attending the Manchester event. They're not having another until 2019 but it's well worth looking into.

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  2. I have a difficult time trying to focus on one genre. It must be the creative in us lol. Love your titles!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen. For a change, I like my titles too. It's the one thing that I struggle with the most.

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  3. I move from paranormal romance into contemporary romance, but not into other genres completely. My mind seeks the happy ending, the emotional struggle to find love and why, I guess. But it must be lots of fun to write the way you do!

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    1. Bonnie, at my age you do whatever you can to keep your brain sharp. In my case, it's genre jumping.

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  4. You are much braver than I. I do love to write in several genres, but my readers don't seem to follow me from the established historical romances, which I've been writing for 20 years. I published some romantic suspense novels that had won awards before I started publishing historicals, and while the reviews are good, the sales are not! For money, I think you're better going full steam in one genre; for happiness, do what you're doing, Nancy!

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    1. That's the argument of my one publisher. You'll make more money if you concentrate on one genre, they tell me. They might be right, but it's a bit late now. Especially with five open contracts. I guess I'll have to keep flitting around for awhile.

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  5. I'm of two minds. If you want to build a following--and then the sales will come--it's best to focus on one genre as Cheryl has done. However, if your bigger priority is to follow your own bliss, then jump genres with abandon. In the end, you really have to be happy with how you spend your time.

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    1. Joan, agreed. I am happy. I'd also like to be rich, but probably not going to happen so I should be content with happy and comfortable.

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