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Yay for February! A little closer to spring! We've had the longest winter ever (or so it's felt like, and actually it's one of the coldest since they started keeping records 1896). Anyhow, I'm ready for the snow to melt already :) And this month we're talking about genres on InkRipples. You know, the classifications of books that delve more deeply than just fiction/non-fiction :)
I've spent the majority of my writing career writing in Young Adult fantasy and sci-fi. I love reading this genre. I love writing it. But...lately it hasn't been doing it as much for me. I know it's not that the books have changed. They're still fantastic! But when I want to pick up a novel, I'm a little more inclined to want an adult MC. Don't get me wrong--I'm still reading as much YA as possible, but I've added a great deal more adult fantasy and sci-fi to my TBR.
This has also reflected in my writing. The last couple of books I've written have absolutely been in the adult category. Not because they have loads of sex or something (nothing more than any of my other books), but because they have older MC's and deal with bigger issues, more adult problems. And I'm kinda okay with that. Though I am wary of delving into the adult writing community, as it feels like a new culture and world to learn and I like my kid-lit people! Still, I can't help it: I'm crossing the genre line into the adult side of the writing scene.
So, what does this mean? Well, it depends. A different market to target with my writing. Different things to think about while writing (not so much about being an accurate teen, but more an accurate adult), and gearing some aspects of my language and thinking toward a more "mature" audience (interpret that as you will ;). It's actually a little less stressful in some ways--teens are far less forgiving about slips in authenticity, whereas adults may be just as discerning, but more open to differences in experiences. We'll see how this goes!
Marketing is a whole other issue. How to target a new audience with an adult book? Well, I'm going to worry about that a bit more when it comes to it, as I don't have either of these books placed with a publisher (yet! Because it's gonna happen!). I do know it's going to take some tweaking and re-tooling, however.
If anyone had asked me a couple of years ago what I thought about genre-switching, I would have twitched and blinked and maybe broken out in hives. But now it's something I'm really enjoying. Does this mean I won't write more YA? Nope. But it does mean that I'm going to embrace what my brain decides it wants to write, and if that means an adult book, bring it on!
|Okay, couldn't resist! This made me laugh too hard :)|