Genre, indieauthors, inspiration, publishing, Travel Book, Uncategorized

Publication day. Stick to your genre…

Hi everyone,

Where did last month go! It’s been a blur of helping to organise the Newark Book Festival and finally finally, finally getting my travel book out there! ((You sound like an old broken record Peachy)) Oh I feel like one Brackets, especially when it comes to my travel book!

My blog in April was all about publishing my book; 187 Kilometres, turn left. So, I’m not going to waffle about it more today. ((small mercies!))

I wanted to chat a little bit about genres, both writing and reading different genres. I very rarely stick to one genre, both when reading and writing. If I’m writing a fantasy story I tend not to read/listen to them as I don’t want to be influenced or accidentally steal a characteI wanted to chat a little bit about genres, both writing and reading different genres. I very rarely stick to one genre, both when reading and writing. If I’m writing a fantasy story I tend not to read/listen to them as I don’t want to be influenced or accidentally steal a character or plot line – something I do have regular panic attacks about! I struggle to stay in my genre when it comes to writing. I’m unable to settle to one, as once I get an idea, the characters rule what I write. I completely understand why it’s suggested to stick to a genre as there might be an expectation from a reader that they want ‘more of the same’ from an author. But I have tried and failed, and I also think it is one of the big plus points for self-publishing. I can write and publish what I like.

As I said, I understand that if you have agent and a traditional publishing deal, swapping genres would be hard. You’re marketing to a specific audience and I suppose there are possibly readers out there that will only read thrillers or romance or fantasy or biographies and maybe they don’t like to read anything else. But I’m sure there must be a lot of readers out there that are like me and like variety in their books. I really wouldn’t mind reading a fantasy and a chick-lit by the same author as sometimes it’s the style of writing that I enjoy, and the story could be any genre.

What do you think about reading or writing different genres? Do you know any blogs you can share that have gone into more detail? ((I’m sure they’ve spoken about it a lot more eloquently and to the point than you, Peachy))

Anyway, I said I wasn’t going to waffle in this one. Quite frankly I’m worded out with everything that has been going on lately. So, I’m going to leave you in peace. ((Sorry, I nodded off Peachy – what’s happened? You… not waffle?? Are you ill? Should I call 111? Are you still hungry?? That’s the main way I can tell if you’re really ill?))

If you want to read my travel journal about my trip to Singapore, New Zealand, and Sydney then you can buy your copy here… the eBook is only £1.99 187 Kilometres, turn left

See you on the 4th September. Have a fabulous month. Keep writing and reading.  Clair x

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