While trying to come up with a plan on how to write a bestseller, I realized that I have some decisions to make. First off, what do I want to write? I read just about anything. I also enjoy writing just about anything. So far, I’ve written: inspirational romance, historical fiction, epic fantasy, single title romance, women’s fiction, urban fantasy, romantic fantasy and romantic suspense and series romantic suspense. Out of all of this, series romantic suspense was all I ever published. Thing is, once you publish something, the publisher puts money into promoting your name in that genre and they want to keep you publishing in that genre to get the most bang for their promotional buck. Also, you’ll develop a readership in that genre and they’ll be expecting your next book, and sometimes they don’t like it at all if they get something other than what they expect. Speaking in generalities, the best way to increase sale numbers is to pick a genre and stick with it.
I’ve been writing romantic suspense so that would seem to be the easiest path. However, writing romantic suspense long-term can be difficult. It might take a reader a few hours to read my book, but I spend months writing it. That means many hours per day spent in the head of a serial killer or terrorist mastermind, visualizing torture and murder in great 3D detail so I can write about it in a way that the reader feels “right there.” For that, I have to feel “right there.” For one of my books, I spent almost a week reading autopsy reports. Not the funnest week I head. I’ve written 25 romantic suspense novels in the last 7 years. I love writing them and love the publisher I write for, but I’d be lying if said I never wished for something lighter. Sometimes I catch myself with a huge frown and all my muscles tense as I write. It’s hard to be in that frame of mind day after day.
So other than Intrigues, here is what I like the most:
Urban Fantasy: Because anything goes. Magic is possible. No idea is too far out there.
Women’s Fiction: Because it touches my heart. I love books written by women for women. It’s like having a long talk with a friend.
Of course, Urban Fantasy is the great trend right now. Werewolves and vampires everywhere! I’m just afraid that with my luck, by the time I wrote one, the trend will be over 🙂
Of course, if writing a bestseller was easy, everyone would be doing it.