I’ve been reading a lot about marketing online lately. I know, the creative process, right? Honestly, a lot of my writing time has been taken up trying to Strategize and Theorize and other words ending in -ize. It’s making my head spin a bit, and honestly I think I need to shelve the lot and go back to writing. (Clarification: I am still writing, so many projects, so little time, but getting distracted by big picture stuff is, well, distracting.)
I keep bumping up against the big GENRE question. Which is: as a writer, should you stick to exclusively one genre, never to step foot into another until you are big and established, with a committed readership? And even then, maybe you’re better off writing under a pen-name solely devoted to that genre.
It’s confusing, because as a writer, I dabble. As a reader, I dabble even more. And frankly, I think I’d be pretty excited if my favourite historical romance author tried their hand at a contemporary mystery. And vice-versa.
For me, I think my basic genre (inspirational romance) is unifying enough that the sub-genres I like to write in (historical, romantic-suspense, contemporary) don’t require further classification, beyond relevant covers and titles. But if you are a reader, or a writer, I would love your opinion! Is it best to keep everything separate, or is a little bit of variety the spice of your literary life?