Yesterday, many of you mentioned your brand. Now, it’s my turn to share. When I first started writing novels, I worked on a YA romance series. I’d heard you need to write at least two books in a series before submitting to anyone so you can prove you’re not a “one-book-wonder”. I finished 1 ½ books of the series before I switched to something else. Those books were written during the years I taught grades 7 and 8. When I quit teaching and became a stay-at-home mom, I no longer felt I was in the YA groove. That’s when I decided to write what I read: romantic suspense.
I wrote two RS novels (first drafts) and plotted out several others. Unfortunately, I had compiled a combination of paranormal, light, and dark romantic suspense. I didn’t see a problem with this because they’re all romantic suspense, right? Not exactly. Apparently, editors and agents prefer you to select ONE of these and stick to it, at least for a little while.
How was I going to decide between all three when I loved them equally?
I turned on my computer and looked over my plot outlines only to discover the majority of the stories were light romantic suspense. Who knew? I was SURE most of my ideas were dark. Well, that solved that. I’m now reworking one of my light RS manuscripts because that’s my brand.
How did you discover your brand?