The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
It is wonderful to see so many writers publishing their fictional works, either through a traditional publisher or by self-publishing. This makes me wonder as I wrap up my next (non-fiction) book - will I ever attempt another fictional story?
There is such a learning curve with writing. I’m not sure at what point we finally get a handle on things, but for me I don’t think I really knew what I was doing with my fictional work until Book V of my YA series. (I’ve since read a lot of big name authors say they wish they could redo their first few books, so I’m not alone.)
It’s not just the learning curve. Promoting and selling fiction is much more difficult than non-fiction. (I’ve done both.) Speaking engagements and media interviews are so much easier to acquire when you’re promoting a non-fiction book.
The genre of the fictional story I’m contemplating has me worried. Not to mention the fact that it’s an anthology of four novelette length stories. With a working title of “Four in Darkness,” the stories center on a ghost, a werewolf, an alien, and a vampire. Toss in that all four involve a romance and that lands the title right in the middle of an over-saturated genre: paranormal romance. And in two years, that genre will be on the wane or dead.
So what do I do? I’d really wanted to write something different from realistic fiction. I certainly don’t want to ever do YA again. But paranormal fantasy/romance? Do I really want to all but kill myself promoting a fictional title again? Maybe I should just stick to non-fiction now.