Katie Weiland understands me, even when no one else does. In her upcoming book Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration, Katie quotes this excerpt from her blog post “Why You Should Be Writing Scared“:
When it comes to writing I’ve got the wanderlust. I’ve no interest in visiting territory I’ve already covered. I want to journey on, see new sights, discover what’s over that next horizon. With every new project I begin, I make it a point to push myself to new heights. I want each story I write to be completely different. I want to meet characters I’ve never met, not just rehash the old standbys. I want to tackle themes that are always a little bigger than what I already have a handle on. I want to attempt narrative feats that seem all but impossible at my current skill level. Life’s too short for me to run in circles chasing my tail. That might be comfortable; it might be familiar; but it’s not exciting and it’s not challenging.
Exactly! And that’s why I’ve been balking about having to limit myself to one genre.
This works for her. This amazing indie-author has done an awesome job of branding herself, which means she’s been able to pick and choose her genres with smashing success because everyone who reads her books knows what to expect–variety and excellence.
But is it wise for me? No, since my goal is to be with a larger traditional publisher someday–and therefore have a wider print distribution–I have to play by the game rules. I wish I’d had the foresight Katie did to work the rules more to my favor. As it is, yes, I’ll stick to Women’s Fiction/Romance. But this is okay. It allows a variety of subgenres, which means that while my playground is hemmed in by a chainlink fence, it’s still a pretty big area.