The Pluses and Minuses of Mixing It Up
What does publishing have to do with mixing genres? Mainly it has to do with where in the book store your novel can be found. When I go to a book store, I go to the ‘romance’ section, wander the aisles, looking at covers, titles and author names – picking up one here and there to read the back cover blurb and most often leaving with 3 – 6 new books to read – some from favorite authors but also at least one from a new or debut author. I know exactly where to look for the books I want to buy.
But the more you mix or blend genres the more challenging it is for the store owner to know where to place your book and the more challenging it is for a reader to find you.
It is very exciting to let one’s imagination run free, to create characters, worlds, scenarios, conflicts and resolutions, to have your fingers fly over the keyboard, your thoughts becoming real on the screen before you.
But, if your readers can’t find you? – that’s a huge minus.
What do you think about all the changes going on right now in the publishing industry?
How do you find books to read?
© Judith Ashley, 2011. All rights reserved.