I’m looking for your input, your opinions.
Do you prefer an author to write in a single genre, or will you follow that author no matter what type of book they release next?
Imagine Nicholas Sparks came out with a sci-fi trilogy….would you buy it? Or would you say he’s gone off his rocker for ditching his tagline heart-wrenching love stories?
Why do I ask?
There is a believe – a rule – in the publishing world that once an author publishes a novel in one genre they must continue to write the same type of thing. So let’s say my first release is a western family saga – they tell me readers would be upset if my next ten weren’t westerns with deep family ties as well.
But this thought gives me hives. I don’t want to have to write just one thing.
See, right now I have a contemporary western completed (a very serious piece). I have a historical with contemporary elements completed (which is two parts adventure, a genrous helping of humor, and plenty of dashing heroes.
I’m in the process of penning a sappy Christmas story (straight historical) but it keeps getting interrupted by a young adult fantasy idea that wakes me up in the middle of the night begging to be written.
Add to the mix that sometimes I toy with the idea of writing for both mainstream and the Christian publishing industry. Basically, I’ve got a genre identity crisis on my hands.
What does a writer do? Stop writing the stories that don’t fit into their assigned niche? Pen names for each genre? Or does one trust that readers are looking for compelling stories (not just a niche).