Friday, January 9, 2009

More, More, More

I've been talking to some writer pals of mine, and they're all focused on having more than one book/series to shop around. I'm not talking those without an agent -- I'm talking about those with one already in hand and happy with their work.

It makes sense. Give your agent more to work with, more options to sell. After all, it's a subjective business.

My issue? I have no idea what to focus on.

I was working on some short stories with the idea that maybe I'd sell them, and if I didn't sell them, then maybe they'd be good writing practice. (Per some people, I need the practice.)

This was fine, but it doesn't another novel make. And I've heard rumblings that science fiction isn't selling like hotcakes right now, but fantasy is. (Tomorrow, it'll probably be something else, but I can only keep up with so much.)

So, does that mean I try for humorous fantasy? Straight fantasy? (Can I actually write without being a snarkmeister? I don't know, but the Magic 8-Ball says 'unlikely'.) 'Something else'? (And who knows what THAT would be..) Or do I just sit in the corner and tear a piece of paper up into bits?

Wait! I know! When in doubt...I think I'll have a drink and a ponder. (It's like having a Coke and a smile, only quieter.)

G.J. Koch

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Anonymous WKEverhart said...

To write or not to write. That is the question. When in doubt, write anything. A friend of mine, a.k.a. Big Dawg, claims that's the only way out of the writer's dilemma. Fantasy sells because reality is a bummer. Write non-bummer fantasy where the good guys always win, the guy or gal always find true love, and wisdom serves its purpose without being clouded in a web of lies. All of those wonderful things are only available in a fantasy world.

January 11, 2009 at 7:41 AM  
Anonymous WKEverhart said...

A friend of mine wrote a short story that really SHOULD be a novel. *Ur-um* That's a start.

January 21, 2009 at 6:09 PM  

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