I’m always interested in learning what books inspire authors and satisfy readers.
As a reader, my book selection is entirely based on my present mood. Sometimes I feel like submerging myself in a fantasy world and sometimes I prefer a cozy ‘who-done-it’ mystery, and when I’m in between novels? I read nonfiction.
Perhaps it’s my eclectic interest in the world around me – both real and imagined – that drives my reading agenda. Or maybe I just bore easily. In either case, my personal predilection for variety has also influenced my creative writing.
For example, my current short stories (published and non) fall into many different categories: magical realism, fantasy/sci-fi, ‘film noir’ style mystery, psychological/paranormal suspense, and horror. All of which goes against traditional publishing wisdom.
For countless moons it has been customary for fiction writers to choose one specific genre for their publishing platform, a well-defined marketing strategy for building a loyal readership. As a result, many successful writers utilized a pseudonym for creating stories in an entirely different genre.
However the publishing industry has since seen a revolution, and with the advent of the Internet Age, both reading styles and publishing opportunities have vastly changed. Yet the marketing strategy is not altogether dissimilar.
The recent success of many Indie authors has been in large part due to building their fan base. And how was this achieved? By offering stories published as a continuing series of books. In other words, writing to a specific genre with an added twist * insert cliff-hanger here*.
For now, I’ve relegated these facts to a distant file drawer. My goal is to simply get the story out of my head and onto paper using whatever literary style or genre that tells the story best.
My publishing strategy, you ask? I’ll just keep a ‘weather eye’ out as trends continue to shift – and tackle that beast later.