No, I’m not talking about some bizarre kind of sexual quirk! Today, I’m talking about expanding the number of genres you write in.
One of the biggest benefits to being an indie author that gets talked about a lot is having the control to write exactly what you want and when. At the time I released my debut novel, I thought that I’d have to stick to one genre forever, but as my journey has progressed, I’ve realized that I don’t have to be defined by quirky chick lit. Last year I wrote Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave, which is a psychological-type thriller that was a million miles away from my usual romantic comedies and comedy mysteries. It was great for me because it was a new and exciting challenge. It stopped me getting stale and bored. It made me grow as a writer. And it made me realize that there’s more to me and my books than one type of genre. Just like actors don’t want to get stereotyped, we don’t have to be trapped in a genre box for the rest of our careers. We’re free to write whatever inspires us, or what we want to share with the world, whether it’s under a pen name or our own.
I believe that trans-genre writing can also help to improve sales of all your work. For example, my recipe book will have my trademark humour in it, rather than being a stuffy cookery book, and if readers enjoy that, they’ll check out my fiction titles, too. Ditto for parents reading my children’s books to their kids. Diversification makes you more visible, and in an online world, visibility is key.
This is what I’ve been up to this year:
Released Voodoo Deadly (3rd Amber Fox mystery) – a comedy mystery
Released an erotica title – under a pen name
Worked on a fiction title as a ghost-writer
About to release It’s a Catastrophe – a children’s book
About to release A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey – a recipe book
Contributed to several anthologies.
Next year I’m hoping to write a travelogue, as well as more children’s books, another psychological thriller, and who knows what else! If variety is the spice of life, then we need to make the most of it and turn it to our advantage. After all, we each have many interests, hobbies, and skills that we can utilize to expand our genres.
It’s your turn out in WG2E land! – Are you trans-genre? How is it working for you? Are there any downsides?