I’ve been reading a lot lately about how we, as authors, should brand ourselves. This means writing in one genre and one genre only. That’s the way to become successful. Oh, yeah? Well, check out this interview at Query Tracker. Author Lauren Baratz Logsted has done very well for herself as a multiple-genre writer.
Here’s a quote taken from yesterday’s post at Query Tracker. Author Lauren Baratz Logsted said: “My first novel was published in July 2003. By the end of 2009, I will have seen 15 books published with my name on the spine: five contemporary comedies for adults, The Thin Pink Line, Crossing the Line, A Little Change of Face, How Nancy Drew Saved My Life, Baby Needs a New Pair of Choos; one literary Victorian suspense novel, Vertigo; one anthology I edited and contributed to, This Is Chick-Lit; two serious YA novels, Angel’s Choice and Crazy Beautiful; one more humorous YA novel, Secrets of My Suburban Life; one tween novel, Me, In Between; and four books for younger readers, the first four in a projected nine-book series called The Sisters Eight, co-written with my husband Greg Logsted and our daughter Jackie. Plus assorted short stories, essays, blogging and guestblogging.”
That kind of goes against anything I’ve ever been told and makes me feel a lot better about my situation. I write light and dark romantic suspense as well as light paranormal (non-creature type stories). When I was told I would have to choose between these, I was disappointed. Now, I feel like there’s hope. Heck, maybe I’ll even go back and finish that YA series I stared a few years ago… Hummm….
What do you think? Are you going to play it safe and stick to one genre or not?