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Is it commercial suicide to write in different genres?

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Offline catherine chapman Reading Loosely Translated by Simon Hugh Wheeler
22 Oct 2014, 05:59 PM | Post: #41

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

(21 Oct 2014 09:06 PM), JMac!CatherineJMac Wrote: Wrote:  Thanks Catherine, that's very helpful - it's on my list of things to do soon.

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Offline William Peter Grasso Reading Their Finest Hour by Winston Churchill
23 Oct 2014, 04:58 PM | Post: #42

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

I wouldn't say it's guaranteed suicide but from my own experience, a book that deviates from a genre in which you've found some success will not sell as well. Bear in mind I have no broad-based empirical evidence other than this anecdotal offering.
Oddly enough, the novel in question (my second) did very well in its early months, and still holds a "personal best" record for most sales in one month over any of my other four books. In the long run (3+ years now), its sales rate has slowed to a trickle, though.
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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
23 Oct 2014, 06:12 PM | Post: #43

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

I enjoy writing my main mystery series (the 'other' one is harder work, as it has a historical setting) and I always find it easy to settle back into that world when I start a new one. I do get the problem of minor recurring characters as in Tim's post above, as it's so hard to keep track of their names, and I now have an extremely simple spreadsheet which I try to fill in when a new one comes along - this is particularly true of odd policemen and librarians, but it can happen to anyone!
Something that put me off branching out even slightly was that, when I published a romantic suspense novel under my same pen-name, its first review was absolutely appalling and the reviewer was obviously cross with me for not writing in the same style as I had for the mysteries. It didn't sell for a good while after that but it seems to have made a recovery since then with a few better reviews.
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Offline Jennie Lee Reading Course notes for Pilates Teacher Training
24 Oct 2014, 02:02 AM | Post: #44

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

A while back, I had a glowing 5* review for What Happened to Polly, followed by a 1* for my flash fiction collection the very next day - with the usual complaint of how short it was! The reviewer had obviously bought Teatime Twists on the strength of WHtP and was thoroughly disappointed.
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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
24 Oct 2014, 06:01 AM | Post: #45

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

It doesn't seem to be suicide to me, but perhaps that is because I am switching from light and humorous crime fiction to more serious and (I think) better crime stories. Things may change when I get more reviews, of course, but I have 17 reviews for the first one on Amazon.com (4.2 stars) and 7 on the next one (4.7 stars).

Besides, I write supernatural stories which involve crime but not much detection, and that does not seem to cause problems either. But perhaps I have just been lucky and my readers have noticed what I actually say about genres?
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