For those of you writing multiple genres, I thought I’d share something bestselling author Allison Brennan told me. Pick one genre and go with it. That doesn’t mean you can’t eventually write another genre, but complications come up if you try to do more than one before you’re published.
-You may waste time writing in a genre that doesn’t actually suit your style, when you could focus on the one that does and get published.
-Acquiring an agent who’ll represent more than one genre can be a challenge. (See what agent Jessica Faust has to say on multiple genres.)
- There may be a long wait for your next contemporary romance to come out while you work on a historical (assuming you’re writing a book a year). Will your readers remember you by the time your next book in the genre they read comes out?
-You may have to keep track of two careers if you decide to write the second genre under a pen name. Imagine your publisher(s) expecting you to write more than one book per genre per year. Can you do it?
- Your publisher may not like the idea.
That’s what happened to Allison Brennan. She’d wanted to expand from her usual genre to paranormal. For years her publisher wouldn’t allow her to write anything but romantic suspense. After all, that’s what the publishing house bought and what made her famous. However, the editor has finally given her the okay as long as she produces two romantic suspense novels and one paranormal a year. Wow! That’s a lot of writing. I wonder if she’ll feel it’s worth it in the end.
It’s all about branding, folks. These days, getting published and staying published is difficult. Publishers are dropping midlist authors more than before. As much as I’d like to write paranormal romantic suspense (non-creature type), I think I’ll wait. Building my name as a dark romantic suspense writer is my priority at the moment.
What are your thoughts on the whole multiple genre subject?