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Adding Some Variety

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

This month I’m not feeling too terribly insecure, probably because I just had a publication acceptance! My first full length contemporary romance, The Marrying Type, was picked up by Evernight Publishing. It’s still early stages so I don’t have much information on when it will come out (we haven’t even begun edits yet) but I’m thrilled about it. I usually write paranormal/urban fantasy, which is why I say it’s my first full length contemporary. I do have several other contemporary romances published, but they’re novellas.

I guess that brings up an insecurity, however: should I mix up the genres I write? You always hear writing experts cry BUILD YOUR BRAND, which I suppose means you should focus on one thing, or specialize. However, I like writing both paranormal and contemporary, and darn it, I want to do both. If anything, I think it would broaden my audience as some readers like one or the other, or do read both. I know there are other romance authors who write both. This is probably not something I need to chew over as much as I am–the answer, of course, is WRITE WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. The rest will follow. Publish books, gain readers, build your career. That should be the focus.

Right?

 February 7 question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Of course, you might have figured out from that dramatic diatribe that I’m a romance author. What do I love about it? Well, it’s fun. I like writing about love and relationships. I also love the community–both authors and readers are voracious, and they’re very supportive of each other, too. It’s a huge industry, so there’s lots of opportunity in it. I don’t really care if the naysayers claim that romance novels aren’t “real books” because the numbers certainly say otherwise. Go back to your literary tower and pretend that Walt Whitman never wrote love poems and that Jane Austen isn’t “really” a romance novelist. Pffft!

How about you? What do you love about your genre?

Megan Morgan View All

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

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  1. Hi Megan, I add some romance to my book. Nothing at all like you would but the element is there. Well, at least the guy gets the girl in the end.

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  2. There is a certain danger in keeping the same author name for different genre, as there are readers who don’t cross certain lines. That said, I haven’t bothered with a pseudonym for my MG or adult works, so I’m one to speak, eh? 😉

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  3. Congratulations on the book deal!

    As a writer, I’m a big believer in writing what you want, what you love, and the rest – publishing etc – will follow. As a reader, I want to have confidence that the story I’m picking up by a fave author is what I’m expecting. I usually read the summary/book jacket/blurb to make sure since some authors stray outside their usual genres. I don’t mind, I just want to know what I’m getting into. 🙂

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  4. Congrats on you scoring a deal with Evernight Publishing! That’s awesome!
    There are so many conflicting stories that do the rounds and the ideas are constantly changing. I think the hybrid writer is on the rise. Many authors are in cross-genre mode. It’s an exciting time to be a writer!
    Romance stories are great! I can remember devouring every (well, almost every) Danielle Steele book that entered the market. I say that if a book gets somebody to read, that’s the main thing! People need to be reading and they need to pass the habit on to youngsters!

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    • Thank you! I already have a novella published with them and they’re a great publisher. I’m really excited.

      Oh man, Danielle Steele was some of the first romance novels I read! I totally agree, it doesn’t matter what people read–let them read! And thanks for the encouragement, I know I’m probably nervous about something that isn’t a big deal.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Huge Congrats on being accepted for publication!
    And I say don’t sweat it on mixing genres. Some of my favourite authors do that – if people like your writing, they’ll follow you 🙂

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  6. Congratulations on having your book accepted!

    Romance has come a long way in the last few decades! I think when a lot of people criticize the genre, they’re thinking of cheesy, cookie-cutter mass-market romances from the Seventies, and don’t realize what leaps and bounds have been made. These days, I see a lot of quality writing in the genre, by people who genuinely care both about romance in general and writing a great story in particular.

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    • Thank you! And I totally agree. People still think romance novels are all about ripped bodices and covers depicting shirtless men with impossible pecs and women with heaving bosoms. 😀 Much of it is very sophisticated and modern now and addresses current social issues. I wish the naysayers would give it another try.

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  7. Congrats on the acceptance! People insult horror, too, yet there’s even literary horror (in fact, more of the markets look for the literary style than anything else). Some day I’ll be able to shrug it off.

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  8. congrats on the full length publication!! that’s a terrific accomplishment!
    and glad you love your genre, i don’t think we could be good if we didn’t write what we love =)

    happy february!

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  9. Congratulations! One idea that might be worth pursuing (if its practical now) could be to write under different pen names for your different styles. Ian Banks wrote as Ian M Banks for his science fiction, and Ian Banks for his contemporary fiction – just to make it clear which genre each book fit into. JK Rowling writes her mysteries as Robert Galbraith, and I know there’s many more examples.
    I wouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself though, every book should be unique, a story you want to tell. I think to a large extent its about earning the readers’ faith, convincing them that you’re a good storyteller who can be trusted to take them on an entertaining journey.
    Best of luck with the editing process!

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    • That’s a good suggestion! I think I would probably do that if I were writing two wildly different things–like erotica and YA–but it’s definitely something to think about.

      Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by!

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  10. A huge congratulations! This is a great encouragement for me as a writer about to enter into the world of traditional publishing. I definitely wish you the very best and please keep us posted on the release date and whether we can pre-order before release.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  11. I love how romance isn’t “real” writing, but then in the YA or Literary Fiction genres the authors get praised to the moon for writing “authentic” relationships that “convey” the pains of love. Like . . . ?? Personally I say we romance authors are badass because we write authentic relationships that convey actual painful feelings all day, every book!

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  12. Congratulations! I have a few author friends that are with Evernight and love working with them. I encourage writing in various genres. The imagination has no bounds! And I agree with you about romance. I’ve read some incredible romance books.

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  13. I think it is fine to write in more than one genre. I love writing for children as they are so appreciative of my stories and fondant artwork. I like writing poetry for adults too and am now writing some short stories for adults.

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  14. Congrats!!! I considered Evernight for my novella, but haven’t decided on if I’ll submit yet or not.

    The branding, yeah that’s an on-going struggle for me. I know I can do contemporary and branching out from there to paranormal or something scares me because I’m not sure I can be in that sort of head space. I’m taking my attempts at writing erotic romance on top of my regular adult contemporary romance as branching out. I’ve also changed up the POV in which I write because trying new things is important. Finished my first 3rd person (the erotic novella) and that was an interesting experience.

    Again congrats on your acceptance!!!!

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    • Thank you! I already have a novella published with them and I HIGHLY recommend them. They’re super supportive and involved with their authors and their editors are awesome. They also consistently publish books that get onto bestseller lists on Amazon. LOL I’m gushing a bit, but after dealing with some less-than-stellar publishers in the past, I’m just so glad to have found one that’s really good to me. If you like writing erotic too, their stuff tends to be on the steamier side.

      Branching out is good I think–but only if it’s really, REALLY what you want to do. I say, don’t force yourself. If it’s naturally what you want to do, go for it. I’ve dabbled in erotica too. I just try to write what makes me happy.

      Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Nose? “Poking your nose…” and “keeping your nose…”? I think you’re Feeling Nosey, eh?

    Heh heh. Yes, understand what you’re saying. My author became pubbed waaaaay back in….well, ahem, not last year – as a romance author with The Wild Rose Press in the Historical Romance line. Went on from there to another contract, then left and went to another house, went to another house (just to experiment and see which company was better), and wound up lastly with a SF novella pubbed at yet somewhere else.

    Then threw them all away into the publishing ashes and became Indie.

    (By the way, all the books are award winners. Latest, “Catch Me If You Can” in audio won the platinum Hermes)

    Anyhoo, she also chose to edge away from mysteries…and chose to pen a fun and adventuresome series about some fun and adventuresome characters in some fun and adventuresome…um, er…adventures! Yeah.

    So, congrats on the contract, but just in case — the future is open to other inviting “adventuresome” paths too. 🙂

    Yours truly in feeling nosiness,
    I.B. Nosey

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    • Congratulations! I too have dabbled with various publishers–I’m published with five of them actually, and I also self-pubbed two books. Mostly because I want to see what’s a right fit for me, and because I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket. Since two BIG romance publishers shut down in the recent past (Ellora’s Cave and Samhain) it just goes to show even what seems like a solid publisher can fold and leave your books homeless without much warning. I don’t want to get caught in something like that, so I’ve spread myself out a bit.

      Good luck to your author! She sounds like she has a “nose” for what she’s doing. 😉

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  16. Congrats on your publishing contract. And glad you’re not feeling insecure. While we need to brand ourselves, we also need to write what we love. So that’s great that you write in more than one genre.

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  17. Congrats on getting picked up by Evernight! That should banish any insecurities for a very long time 🙂 I don’t know why people are dismissive of romance and say they’re not “real” books. They tell stories that people love to read and if you dismiss romance as a genre, you’re being dismissive of those people who love them. We could do with more romance in our world and less looking down on genres/groups of readers.

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    • Thank you so much! I’m nervous about branching out into more contemporary stuff, but I’m really excited, too.

      Very well said. Why can’t people just live and let live?! Yeesh. Maybe less poking your nose into what other people are reading and keeping your nose in your own book. 😉

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