Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Genres and Niche Writers

Happy Tuesday, good people of the blogosphere! Today I'm talking about writers who stick to one genre and why they might choose to do that. Open discussion, feel free to jump in and add your thoughts!

Have you ever thought about writing something way outside your usual genre? What prompted that desire? Why didn't you do it?

I see a lot of authors with no specific genre. Then I look around and see a lot of them who only write to one audience. What's the better avenue to take?

I have no idea. But, I've considered a few of the pros and cons of being genre specific.

Pros:
  • Your fans will always be fans of the genre you write. They picked up your book for a reason, right?
  • You can become a recognized authority of your genre.
  • You'll always know someone, somewhere, will be looking for your name if they enjoyed your books.
  • Eventually, your name could become synonymous with the genre. Think: Stephen King - Horror, Dean Koontz - Thriller, Fern Michaels - Chick/Hen Lit, Rick Riordan - YA Fiction/Mythology.
  • You could gain a huge following if you write in a popular genre.
Cons:
  • If you branched out from Romance to Fantasy or Horror, your current fans may leave you.
  • Being a YA author with an Erotica title isn't usually a good idea.
  • You're stuck writing that genre for the rest of your life unless you gamble fans will follow no matter what.
  • You could become confused and screw up the story.
  • If you use a different pen name for each genre, that's twice as much (or three times as much) marketing you have to do.
  • If you have a publisher, they may not want you to write outside your genre.
I consider myself when I talk about this. I don't write in one genre; not sure what I'd do with myself if I had to. Which genre would I choose? I loved writing Yassa (Historical Fiction), but I also loved writing The Bird (fantasy) and I'm loving the Mystic series (New Adult/Paranormal). I just don't know how I would choose one over the other. A great story idea hits me when I least expect it, and the genres have a wide range.


Have you thought about this? Do you write in one genre or have many pen names? What are some of the drawbacks or hurdles you've had to overcome?

I'm interested. Let's discuss!!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

4 comments:

  1. I've thought about this a lot and it does make me nervous to branch out into different genres. But I've decided it's better to write about the things I'm inspired about instead of trying to fit myself into a niche.

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    1. AMEN to inspiration, Heather! Forget the market, I'm not in it for the money. If I were, I'd be sorry every day.

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  2. My first book that is launching is a business book. I have always wanted to do a children's book. Having children and grandchildren I think it would be a lot of fun to envision them reading it:)

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    1. Toni, today is a gift, that's why it's called the present; and there's no time like it! :)

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