Monday, June 1, 2015

Some Good Advice (I should finally take)

Happy Monday!

June 1st. Ugg. The year is practically over and I'm behind in my writing goals.
I hate when that happens.

Anyhew, still working on edits for Wedding Date for Hire, but I hope to hand them in this week. Already planning to write a third in this series then write in a totally different genre.


Well, I received some writing advice a while ago from my publisher and I'm just NOW starting to take it.
And it was this:

1) the thinking before was brand yourself. That's all well and good, but maybe not in today's market anymore.
 You have the opportunity to find new readers if you write for a different imprint or genre. If they 'discover' you there and you put a teaser in your book with your other writing, they just might like you enough to try your other books.

2) self-publish. Yes, my publisher actually told me to try self-publishing. Why? Same reasoning as above. There are definite readers out there who may only read Indie authors. Because of that, you're missing out on a market share who does not know you and may never know you unless you put yourself in that arena. Their thinking is by doing so, it will help your other books sell.

That's their thinking anyway, but it makes sense to me.

On another note, my daughter was recently inducted into the Junior National Honor Society and her new favorite series is the Selection Series by Kiera Cass. She wants to lend me her books to read so that's what I'll be taking to the beach this summer. :)

And that's all from me.

Have a good week!



Anne Gallagher said...

I was just thinking this exact same thought the other day when a completely new story idea hit me out of the blue. It's a total departure from Regency romance and I kind of like it.

Best of luck with your edits.

And yes, June 1st. Double Ugg.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Diversity is good! I cannot believe it is June already either.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Just remember, you still have to write something you love. If you don't it'll show in your work and the reader will notice.

I bet you used to LOVE June when you were in school, huh? I try to keep that feeling. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to your daughter.

Hybrid authors seem to be the most successful right now, so self-pubbing might be a viable option.

The Happy Whisk said...

Congrats to your kiddo.

Maria Zannini said...

Excellent advice. Exposure is about being where the people are.

dolorah said...

Wow, never thought an agent would advise to self publish. Like the idea of branching out to different genre's.

Have a good week Jenifer :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Branching out into a new genre was certainly a benefit to my career, and I'm hearing that hybrid authors are becoming more commonplace, too -- and accepted by the mainstream publishing world.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats to your daughter! I know you'll love her favorite books. Great advice from your publisher, btw :)