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I’m truly in love with both of the series I’ve introduced. Sequels are in the works in both cases. It just happens that my series are in different genres. In my mind, that’s both good and not so good. It’s good because I’m showing my versatility. I don’t read just one type of fiction. I read pretty much anything that includes a touch of fantasy, and even non-fantasy fiction (on occasion). Why would I write just one type of fantasy? Over time, I’ll build a library of both paranormal romance and fantasy…and I’ll probably sneak in other odd-ball works.
So, why is it bad to be in multiple genres? Well — I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s bad. Look back, I didn’t say bad. I said “not so good.” Fine distinction, that. 🙂
Writing in multiple genres can be a negative when you’re unknown. There. I said it. I believe over time it will become far more positive than negative. But for now I have to work on building, fostering, networking; with two distinct audiences. There’s probably going to be some crossover, but I’m not sure how much. In the meantime, it takes me longer to get books out in each genre because of my work in the other genre, and with only three books out I can’t keep a reader engaged for very long to build that relationship that will keep them coming back. For readers who are only looking for PNR, I have two titles (three, very soon!). For fantasy readers, or young readers, I have exactly one title.
A few months ago, I would have said that in ten years I’ll have more fantasy titles than paranormal romance. I’m not so sure now. Why would I want to predict what all of those years will bring? That’s the joy of this ride — figuring it out as we go. One thing that made me question that assumption, that I’m more of a fantasy author than a paranormal romance author, is that I’ve conceptualized a new PNR series. No groaning, people! I’m not writing it yet. I won’t start until both the Children of the Sidhe series and the Foulweather Twin series are DONE. I’m not that crazy. But the point is, I have new ideas for PNR. Exciting ideas!
Some questions for you, fellow indies: Where do you stand on publishing in multiple genres (mostly positive, or mostly negative)? When does the newbie shine start to rub off an author? Is this a real condition, or is it all about perception? In ten years, will I actually feel experienced, or is that even possible with the constantly morphing landscape of publishing (and life)?
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