December 27th, 2007
In Need of Surfing Lessons

A friend of mine and I were talking about how we never seem to catch a wave in publishing. This wouldn’t be so odd (actually it’s pretty common), but we’ve written in two genres before they became super popular (erotic romance and paranormal) and still haven’t managed to get a toe-hold in either genre. LOL!

I wrote my first erotic romance back in 2002. It was followed by four more books in fairly quick succession. Due to circumstances that were out of my control, none of my erotic romances beyond what I sold to Brava ever made it to N.Y. By the time I could’ve gotten them to publishers the wave had turned into a ripple. In hindsight, this isn’t a bad thing because my writing has changed drastically. What has me worried now is that the wave of paranormals has started to die down (the cream has risen and the rest will fall away) and I have a book coming out at the end of next year. :/ I have to ask myself, have I somehow managed to miss this wave too?

See it doesn’t matter that I sold the book in October 2006. It still won’t be released until 08. By then will anyone be interested in reading paranormals? I’m sure a few people will, but I also know that a new wave will have started by then and there’s a very good possibility that the riptide will slam me onto the razor sharp coral, shredding me into tiny pieces. *g* Obviously, beyond writing the best book you can, there is nothing that a writer can do about the market. I have to write the books that call to me and right now they’re nothing but hard-edged paranormals and urban fantasies. I don’t want to leave romance completely, but I will if I can’t find a readership for the stuff that I want to write. Please realize that I don’t mean that I’m going to take my marbles and go play somewhere else. This comes down to me finding a niche that I’m extremely comfortable in. Yes, I can write other things. The Blaze scheduled for March is proof of that, but I’ve finally found where my strength lies. I’m not ready to give that up without a fight. So I may have to make some very big choices in 08. Stick with what is familiar or journey into the wild.

One thing I do know is that there will be changes happening with my blog next year. I’ll still do the ‘journey entries’ on occasion, but I plan to discuss a variety of topics beyond books (ie movies, current events, travel, cooking, etc.). It’s time for Jordan to put on her big girl panties and focus on building a career. You’re all welcome to come along for the ride. 🙂

10 comments to “In Need of Surfing Lessons”

  1. You know, I think an excellent book will stand out no matter what the market is doing. And who can predict what the market will do two years from the time you’re writing? You can make educated guesses, but all you can know for sure is that you’re writing the book you want to read.

    Besides, I think RED will stand out amongst paranormals as a post-apocalyptic futuristic. *g* Here’s to finding the niche you need to grow in!

  2. ::buckling seatbelt::

    The way I see it Jordan, there were an awful lot of folks saying Historicals were dead dead dead. And now we have ladies like Elizabeth Hoyt and Anna Campbell (& Lisa Valdez who made quite a splash but didn’t have a quick follow up). Write what you write, do it to the best of your ability, go for gold, don’t sweat the rest.

  3. I got my big girl panties on too Jordan! I have no doubt that RED will find a huge audience as readers are scrambling for GOOD paranormal romances. I read a lot of them, and I can literally count on one hand the ones I think are far superior to everything else. And I see those authors rising to the top and staying there.

  4. I’m in, but no panties. 🙂

  5. Charli, I’d like to believe that a good book will stand out, but I have seen evidence otherwise. Not often (thank goodness), but it does happen. :/ As for RED, here’s hoping. 🙂

  6. Vanessa, ;). You’re right about the historical. I knew they became difficult to sell to the publishers, but the readers never really stopped buying them. Readers know what they want. 🙂

  7. Vivi, Good! I knew you would. *g* As for the books, I agree. It’s pretty easy to sort the strong books out from the just so-so ones, especially in paranormal. (nods)

  8. Bernard, LOL!

  9. I think superior books do rise to the top. Look at Halfway to the Grave. A great great book. I know you thought so too, because I picked it up after your recommendation. It hit NY list. And I didn’t see a lot of promo for it, just a lot of word of mouth. Which is what sells books.

    But I do see some great authors languishing at mid-list and I wonder how that could be. So there must be something else to it, I just can’t figure out what it is.

  10. Vivi, Yep, Jeaniene’s book is terrific. Book Two, One Foot in the Grave, of her series is also great. She’s rocking it and rightly so. 🙂

    As for great authors, I think that’s common to have a lot of terrific authors struggling in the mid-list. It’s just the luck of the draw, the timing of your release, the alignment of the stars, etc. *g*