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Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

Good thread  - I am also writing in  another genre and will keep my own name.
I think Ray is correct.
Publishers are averse to risk so an author branching out could destroy reputation and sales.
Lee Child writes almost exclusively about Jack Reacher and I think his Publisher would be worried if he
decided to move on to something like scfi - Jack Reacher battles green aliens on Mars!
But as Ray says it does work very well and I think it all depends on the quality of the product.
If it is good then it will sell because readers of the new genre will read it for the story.
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06 Oct 2014, 08:36 AM | Post: #22

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

I've got a science fiction short story in the works and am also contemplating this. It's not an easy decision to make!
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06 Oct 2014, 10:18 AM | Post: #23

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

Julie, to be honest, having two books out is not really a statistically useful sample size to base any theories around! At this stage I would echo many others here and say write what interests you.

I suspect if you asked all book readers in the world what genre they like to read, only about a quarter would give you an answer, and the rest would say "Whatever's good!" That's far more important than genre to most people.
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06 Oct 2014, 12:30 PM | Post: #24

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

(06 Oct 2014 10:18 AM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  Julie, to be honest, having two books out is not really a statistically useful sample size to base any theories around! At this stage I would echo many others here and say write what interests you.

I suspect if you asked all book readers in the world what genre they like to read, only about a quarter would give you an answer, and the rest would say "Whatever's good!" That's far more important than genre to most people.
Actually it's three, but I think your point still holds. I haven't sold a single copy of the first one for months!
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06 Oct 2014, 12:35 PM | Post: #25

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

Ooops - my mistake! But I still think it's not a concern. I only have four novels out and two are science fiction, but that doesn't seem to have labelled me as a sci-fi writer or anything.
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06 Oct 2014, 05:14 PM | Post: #26

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

I don't think writing in different genres per se, dilutes sales, but writing for different audiences can be a problem. E.g. the transition between Adult Crime and Adult Comedy would be less of a problem than transitioning between Adult Crime and detective stories for kids.
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06 Oct 2014, 07:31 PM | Post: #27

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

I wonder if anyone has carried out a proper scientific study of people's reading choices? Amazon must hold enough data to find out eg if people who read detective novels are more likely to stray out of that genre than (say) people who read romantic suspense novels, or historical novels. I'm not exactly sure what I would do with that information if I had it, but it would be interesting.
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06 Oct 2014, 07:49 PM | Post: #28

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

I think probably more important than different genres at the moment is to write in a series to get sales. I was following a Kboards thread recently about high earning indie authors, and the one thing that stood out was that almost all of them had written series. The genres were quite wide, including paranormal, thrillers, and historical.
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06 Oct 2014, 08:13 PM | Post: #29

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

I think a lot of readers will have a wide range of genres they like.
I like sassy chick-lits and murder, death kills.
I do agree with the comment about having a series.
eg, I'll certainly pick up most KUF authors that I like's books, but might not read them next, but as soon as I see the next Pitkirtly book is out, I have to read that straight away.
But sometimes series can outstay their welcome. I used to adore the Stephanie Plum books but now they just churn out the same story. I used to love the Dirk Pitt books, but again, they ended up story-by-numbers.
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06 Oct 2014, 08:37 PM | Post: #30

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RE: Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

Food for thought there. It hasn't happened that way for me yet - each novel has seemed like an ending - but maybe some day I'll have an idea that will lend itself to a series, accompanied by the stamina to carry it out!
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