It’s the first Wednesday of the month (woo-hoo!) and you know what that means: another installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This month’s co-hosts are: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins! Please stop by their blogs and say hello:)
Okay, so…last year I wrote a blog post called “Should Authors Write in More Than one Genre?”. At the time, I was concerned about branding and building an audience. For example, if I wrote something funny (and people liked it), should I consider writing another funny book for the sake of branding? Or, should I throw caution to the wind and mix it up, and write whatever my little ol’ heart desired since every book idea I have seems to be in a whole new genre? In the post, I also pondered writing different genres under different names (and I even pondered having different social media accounts to keep the “brands” separate. Yikes!) and all of you awesome folks chimed in and assured me that I could write what I want without worrying about branding because people would decide, based on the book cover and blurb alone, whether or not they wanted to read the book.
Well, here I am a year later, grappling with the same issue. I think it’s one of the reasons why I’ve been having such a hard time deciding what to write next. Seriously. My WIPs and other novel ideas are all over the place: one romantic comedy with a male lead, a paranormal story, a mystery that just might be a thriller, a dystopian novel, one book that’s freaking me out because it actually might be horror, and something that even feels like it might be science fiction (never mind the fact that I don’t even read science fiction. #problemswritershave).
So I’m sure you can see my dilemma. With all of these different stories in different genres running around my head, my concern is that I’ll never write enough stories in one genre to build an audience. Brenda Jackson? Romance. Stephen King? Horror. Gillian Flynn? Psychological Thrillers. Quanie Miller? Sometimes funny, other times scary, might just be a mystery, you might even get some paranormal thrown in there, rom coms on Tuesdays, thrillers on Fridays, jambalaya on Saturdays–do you see what I mean? I’ve been pulling my hair out over this issue. I’m trying to decide which book is going to be the best decision for moving my career forward, but of course, since my crystal ball is broken, I don’t know the answer.
What about others? Do you know of any other authors that successfully write in other genres? Do you read those authors and enjoy their work? And authors: what’s your take on writing in multiple genres? Have you done it successfully? How have readers responded?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Oh! And before you go, I have an announcement: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond is now available. And it’s free! (I’m looking at you, Faith Simone). Check it out!