Call-Out for WG2E and RG2E “Genre Experts”

TGIF, WG2E-Land!

I’ve got a new idea to add even more fabulous-ness to both The WG2E and our sister site, The RG2E

Drum rolls here…maybe to a nice Victor Cruz touchdown salsa rhythm…

I’m doing a Call-Out today for WG2E and RG2E “Genre Experts”!!!

We’ve got fabulous experts on The WG2E about all-things-epublishing, including, but not limited to, formatting, editing, cover design, promotion and marketing, writing life, business and tax tips, intellectual property rights, international publishing, individual platform analysis (Amazon KDP, Apple, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, Nook, etc.), social media and Goodreads too.

What we don’t have is genre-specific scoop.

What I’m envisioning is that once per month, on each site, one of you will write a post about the genre you write. The WG2E post would of course be writer/self-publishing centered, and The RG2E post would be reader-focused.

Here are example topics for each one…

The WG2E Genre Experts could talk about:

What’s hot in their genre

What seems to be selling well and what isn’t

Mash-ups with other genres

New twists on the genre

Price range of books in that genre compared to other genres

Self-Published Authors to check-out in that particular genre

What are your readers liking and not liking about the genre

Where do readers in that genre hang

The RG2E Genre Experts Could Talk About:

What kinds of elements a reader can find in the genre featured

The books you’ve self-published in that genre

Why you write that genre

Ask readers what they’d like to see new in that genre

What genres would they like to see blended in with the one featured

Where do they find books in that genre

Are you getting the hang of where I’d like to go with these posts?

What do you think?

Are you thinking, like me, that there’s a ton of info we could share about all of the genres we’re writing in – both from a writer-focused perspective and a reader-focused angle too?

If so, let us know below which genres you’d like to write posts for and for which site – hopefully both sites, and I’ll get you on the schedule! Also, let us know what kinds of scoop you’d like to share with us in your guest post(s).

One more thing: even if you don’t want to write a post for either site, share with us which genres you’re writing in/self-publishing now and which ones you’ll be venturing into soon…

The Best of WG2E and RG2E Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

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Comments

  1. Count this romance writer (subgenre – multicultural) me in, D.D.! I’d love to write a column for both, the WG2E on what seems to be selling and what doesn’t, and for the RG2E asking readers what exactly constitutes a series and which type they prefer, since I recognize several different definitions.

  2. Sibel Hodge says:

    Great idea, DD! I write in a few genres: romance, cozy mystery, children’s, psychological thriller, non fiction, women’s fiction. The more, the merrier! :)

  3. Jeanne says:

    Great idea!

  4. I’m not experienced enough to offer myself up as a genre expert, but I am really looking forward to the posts! I’d love to read about chick lit, and also women’s contemporary fiction in general. Also cosy mysteries, which is a genre I’m about to branch into. Also it would be interesting to read about the different responses to genre in the US and the UK, for example. Which genres travel well, which don’t, etc. Another great idea from the WG2E, D.D.! :)

  5. I’m always happy to talk about fantasy romance–of the not urban variety. :) I won’t say I’m necessarily an expert, but I do know my way around certain parts of Faerie. I’d be happy to post to both sites as well.

    This is a great idea!

  6. I LOVE this idea! All of my posts on RG2E have really focused on my genre, so that’s a natural for me. I haven’t felt like I have much to offer any of you fabulous authors here on WG2E since I could never consider myself an expert on any of the topics we normally discuss. However, I would be happy to share my thoughts on YA fantasy and paranormal. I’m not an expert there, either, but I do have enough opinion and curiosity about it to at least pretend some sort of knowledge worth sharing. I look forward to seeing who else volunteers!

  7. Seeley James says:

    I’m already scheduled for Feb & March on RG2E, and I was planning to continue in the theme of my January posting about my genre, heroine-based thrillers.

    Peace, Seeley

  8. Jill Hughey says:

    Great idea! I’d love to post on the RG2E for historical romance. I do not have my finger on the pulse enough to be able to handle the WG2E side, and I totally understand if you find someone who can cover both. I recently did a post on my own blog about promiscuous heroes, if you’d like to see the kind of topics I might put in front of readers.
    http://jillhughey.blogspot.com/2013/01/promiscuous-heroes-yes-or-no.html

  9. Angela Brown says:

    Sounds like a great idea. Hoping you have a good turn out. From the comments, already headed in that direction. Still feeling a bit green behind the ears, I won’t cal myself out as genre knowledgeable just yet :-) but look forward to seeing some great posts :-)

  10. Barbara Silkstone says:

    Let’s see… what could I contribute?
    How about comedy in all genres?
    Mystery, romance, adventure… erotica. Except the characters would have to keep their clothes on.

  11. Nana Malone says:

    Great Idea DD, count me in for Multicultural Romance or Spicy Chicklit. I’m looking forward to hearing about some of the other genres especially if anyone is writing New Adult.

  12. Liz Matis says:

    Hi D.D. I could talk at WG2E about sports romances and the new blog I’m doing with some NY published and self-published authors called Romancing the Jock. Eventually I could do the same at RG2E.

  13. Joe Bruno says:

    I write about true crime, especially organized crime, dating all the way back to the 1820′s. My book series is entitled “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps.” I’ve finished Volumes 1-4 and am working on Volume 5 entitled, “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 5- Girlfriends and Wives.”

    The names have not been changed to protect the author, so I am living the Author’s Proection Program in Sarasota, Fl.

    Don’t try to find me.

    • Joe Bruno says:

      Of course that is the “Author’s PROTECTION Program.”

      I was stuttering again.

    • SK Holmesley says:

      I understand Jack the Ripper is still alive. I saw it on a made for TV movie. He’s the one I’d be worrying about if I were writing about past crimes. ;-}

      • Joe Bruno says:

        Jack the Ripper is kittergarden stuff compared to the creeps I write about. He only offed unsuspecting prostitutes. Jack would have lasted about ten minutes in the Five Points in Lower Manhattan, where I lived for 48 years.

        Of course, it wasn’t called “The Five Points” when I lived there. The five streets no longer intersected after the late 1890′s. The tenements were knocked down in 1896, and Columbus Park was built. We called it the 6th Ward. Little Italy. Chinatown. Take your pick.

        In fact, maybe that’s why Jack disappeared (don’t believe TV or the movies). Maybe Jack ventured into the wrong neighborhood and is now part of the foundation of the Manhattan Bridge.

        Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

        Picking on women – sheesh.

  14. L.C. Giroux says:

    DD, I’m already scheduled for a monthly slot on RG2E and would be happy to cover some of the topics in Contemporary romance. It is one area of Romance that is changing a lot for a number of different reasons. Let me know if there was something specific you’d like me to discuss.

  15. Hi, D.D. : FAB idea–looking forward to reading posts! Just uploading my 2nd romance ebook. The first is sexy, this second one is sweet–so now I’m seeking others’ experience in how readers react to changes in sensuality levels….and soon I’ll be uploading 3 time travels and a women’s fiction novel and am nervous about that too. Though I do find comfort in Sibel’s comment about “the more the merrier!” Still, I’d love to read about how to successfully have readers of different genres and what to do differently on social media and/or websites. Thanks :-)

  16. Cate Dean says:

    What a great idea, D.D.! I would love to hop on for paranormal – and that it doesn’t have to have vampires, werewolves or zombies to be popular. I went in a different direction, and readers have told me they like it. :) Count me in!
    ~Cate

  17. I write epic fantasy with a sci-fi twist about the wars in heaven at the dawn of time and the greatest superhero to ever walk the earth. I have large casts of characters (many of them with POV chapters, multiple intertwining plotlines, and have to carry the main story across multiple books in the series while having a clear sub-story for each individual book. I use a spreadsheet to keep track of my plotting while writing/editing and have 14 separate edits for worldbuilding, characterization, background/history (much based on REAL mesopotamian history), fight scene realism, alien species quirks, yadayadayada. Book 1 is out, Book 2 is being edited, but there are 13 books total written in the series that at some point I will finish editing/formatting to my satisfaction and shove out the door (I need a dozen mini-me’s!!!)

    George R.R. Martin has NOTHING on me! :-)

    I also write non-fiction legal self-help books and host a companion self-help workshop for non-profit agencies. It’s very different than writing fiction.

    You want input … just holler and give me a date to pull something together. :-)

  18. I write rom-com mysteries with serious themes. What Oscar Wilde called “trivial entertainment for serious people”. I’ve got a piece coming up on the RG2E on Saturday, February 9th I’d love to talk more about how the mystery genre allows for “literary” themes.

  19. PJ Sharon says:

    Another excellent idea, D.D.

    I’d be happy to do a post for the WG2E on Young Adult/New Adult…where do I fit in?

    I’ve already got a date in February for the RG2E, and will plan to gear it toward YA and maybe why adult readers love it so much (the average age of YA readers is 33).

    Let me know if you want me to tag team the posts and do something for the WG2E on Feb 18th or 19th?

  20. Deborah Jay says:

    Great idea DD :)
    I’m currently writing and reading adult Urban Fantasy – I’d be happy to share an overview of the genre, what’s been, what’s current and where to take it next.

  21. Brilliant idea! I write across the board in romance from comedy to suspense, but I know there are certain things that a romance requires and I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned along the way for either site.

  22. Lily silver says:

    hi D. D., Great ideas, as usual. It lloks like you are putting together a super team.

    If you are looking for someone who writes historical fiction and historical romance, that is my specialty. I have been writing in the His-rom genre for many years, although some of those mss sart on my hard drive until the advent of Indie publishing and the many platforms opeing to indie authors. I can also help with researching for historicals. I share some of my research resources on my website for other authors and I write short blog posts on my website about life in the 18th century. I am available for either wg2e or rg2e.

  23. Cathy Tully says:

    Hi D.D., this sounds like a terrific idea. Although I’m not sure I consider myself an expert in any one category : ) I write sweet romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction. I’m also curious about what reader’s want more of. I tend to write stories that tinted with humor and almost always feature a dog : ) I’m presently working on a workshop submission that talks about writing what you love and not what the big eight tell you to. After almost thirteen years of being told, we love your writing, but you don’t fit…..I decided to take back my career. You’ve been a major inspiration to me and I can’t thank you enough!

    Best,
    Cathy Tully

  24. David Slegg says:

    It’s going to be fascinating to see how this plays out.